Funding available in response to the opioid crisis

The Opioid Crisis and the Need for Research

As you may know, the US is facing a crisis with opioid abuse, with over 47,000 deaths in 2017. In response, many federal agencies are providing funding opportunities to research that addresses this crisis. The opportunities are broad in scope and inclusive of many scientific disciplines.

Columbia’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is dedicated to addressing this national crisis, and strongly supports multi-disciplinary research and new collaborations to examine all aspects of the problem. The Irving Institute is facilitating working groups and meetings where investigators of all scientific areas can connect and collaborate on new research projects. Harold Pincus, MD, and Jennifer Humensky, PhD, are leading this initiative. If you'd like to learn more about participating in the working groups or get on the email list, email

Funding Initiatives

NIH's HEAL initiative has numerous funding opportunities. For more information and to subscribe to its listserv, visit NIH Heal Initiative Funding Opportunities. In addition, the Irving Institute’s dedicated webpage on the opioid crisis contains a link to additional federal and non-federal opportunities, updated in real-time, using Pivot, the funding opportunity database.

March 07, 2019

NIH Early Career Reviewer Program

I wanted to draw your attention to the NIH Center for Scientific Review’s Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program. If eligible, it is an opportunity to improve your grant proposal writing skills by experiencing first-hand how grant applications are evaluated. You will also network with accomplished researchers, and learn how applications are reviewed and scored.

To qualify for the ECR program, you must:

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Archived Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to inform you that on March 1st, 2019, Pivot is moving to and the current Pivot URL, will be discontinued. Traffic to will not automatically redirect to the new URL. Please update your bookmarks, hyperlinks and other materials to the new URL. All other functionality in Pivot will remain the same, including your account and any searches you have saved.  Should you have any questions about Pivot or the URL change, please feel free to reach out to Ricardo Andrade at or Stephanie Scott at

The following announcement came directly from the NSF Policy Office on 2/15/2019. It is copied and pasted below.


Dear Colleagues,

Due to the recent lapse in appropriations, implementation of the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) was postponed. We are pleased to announce that the revised PAPPG will now be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Significant changes include:

  • Addition of as an option for proposal preparation and submission, and proposal file updates; 
  • Revision of eligibility standards for unaffiliated individuals;
  • Specification that conference proposals over $50,000 and all equipment proposals must include the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information in the proposal submission;
  • Revision of resubmission guidelines for NSF programs that accept proposals at any time;
  • Implementation of NSF’s policy on sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, or sexual assault;
  • Specification that proposers are required to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct. This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself;
  • Emphasis on the importance of training faculty in the responsible and ethical conduct of research;
  • Incorporation of existing patent policy into the PAPPG. This policy was previously implemented by regulation at 45 CFR 650; and
  • Numerous clarifications and other changes throughout the document;

You are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.

To learn about the changes in the revised PAPPG (NSF 19-1), please view the latest NSF Proposal & Award Policy Update webinar.

While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on February 25, 2019, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 18-1) continue to apply. We will ensure that the current version of the PAPPG remains on the NSF website, with a notation to proposers that specifies when the new PAPPG (including a link to the new Guide) will become effective.

Associated award terms and conditions (including RTC NSF Agency Specific Requirements, GC-1, and FL-26) will also be effective for proposals submitted or due, on or after, February 25, 2019. Cooperative Agreement Conditions (CA-FATC) and CA-FATC Modifications and Supplemental terms and conditions are effective for new awards and funding actions to existing awards beginning on February 12, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the DIAS/Policy Office at


The National Science Foundation

NIH just posted in the Extramural Nexus this morning a reminder to applicants of the new Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy. It requires grant applicants to address the age-appropriate inclusion or exclusion of individuals in Section 2.4 of the Study Record in the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information Form.

As a reminder, this policy, and all other policy changes impacting NIH proposal preparation for 2019 can be found on our website at New NIH FOAs and Application Changes for 2019. We’ll continue to update this page with additional resources and materials as they become available.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your SPA Project Officer.

The Resumption of Operations at NSF page on the NSF website has been updated with important information, including identification of new deadline dates for specific solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters. Please review the website carefully, and you may need to go to the NSF Program Officials for clarifications.

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, a continuing resolution was signed by the President, which keeps the government operating through February 15th.  NSF created a webpage, Resumption of Operations at NSF, containing guidance for proposers and awardees. It contains a list of solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs) that will have new proposal deadline dates. These revised deadlines will be released by February 1st on this webpage.

NSF is experiencing a backlog of activities resulting from the shutdown. NSF’s Resumption of Operations at NSF webpage will continue to be updated with new information.  It is important to refer to this webpage for the most up to date information relating to NSF proposals and awards.

SPA will continue to provide updates as we receive them. Please feel free to contact your SPA Project Officer should you have any questions.

A number of new and re-issued NIH Parent Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), as well as policy changes impacting proposal preparation, are going into effect in the coming weeks. To assist researchers and administrators with the transition, we created a new webpage as a ‘one-stop-shop’ to provide summaries and guidance. We’ll continue to update and include more resources to this webpage as we receive more information.

Please see New NIH FOAs and Application Changes for 2019.

In addition, you can use the attached one-pager to distribute during department faculty and staff meetings to facilitate discussion of the changes.

As always, please feel free to ask any questions to your assigned SPA Project Officer.

January 07, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

As of this time, the partial government shutdown continues and it is uncertain when it will be resolved. This announcement serves to provide guidance on the management of sponsored projects funded by those federal agencies impacted by the shutdown.  This includes NASA, NSF, Commerce (including NIST and NOAA), FDA, EPA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

None of HHS (including NIH, CDC, CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA and AHRQ), DOD, VA, DOE and the DE is impacted by the shutdown.


Contact with federal agency staff by phone, email, fax, USPS mail, FedEx or UPS will not be possible during the funding lapse. Please do not contact furloughed federal employees, including program officers, until operations resume.

Proposals will continue to operate during the shutdown. All federal agency proposal deadlines remain in effect. While proposals can be submitted, they will not be processed until normal agency operations resume. Help desk support for agency-specific proposal development systems, such as NSF FastLane, will not be available to provide technical assistance.

Peer Review/Panel Council Meetings 

All panels scheduled to take place during the shutdown will be cancelled.  Affected meetings will likely be rescheduled at a later date.

Awarded Grants 

Awardees may continue performance under their awards during a lapse in appropriations, to the extent funds are available, and if the period of performance of the grant or cooperative agreement has not expired. However, federal agencies are not obligated to reimburse expenditures for amounts in excess of total funds authorized per the terms of awarded grants or cooperative agreements.

Notices of Awards 

No new notices of awards (NoAs) or non-competing awards will be released during the funding lapse. Pending NoAs will be released once operations resume.

Progress Reports 

Please continue to submit progress reports per required deadlines. However, they will not be processed by federal agency staff until operations resume.

No Cost Extensions

A no cost extension (NCE) request for most federal awards can be processed through SPA if it is a first time request, and if the NoA does not indicate that it requires agency prior approval. Contact your SPA Project Officer for guidance. If the federal agency requires prior approval for the NCE, the request can be submitted to the agency via your SPA Project Officer; however, it cannot be reviewed or processed by agency staff until operations resume. Unused funds remaining beyond the award end date cannot be obligated for expenses until the federal agency approves the NCE request. 

Other Prior Approval Requests 

Requests can be submitted to a federal agency via your SPA Project Officer.  Such requests cannot be reviewed or processed by agency staff until operations resume.


Contractors will be notified if work on contracts can continue. No new contracts will be issued during the shutdown. SPA will contact the PI immediately if we receive notice of a Stop Work Order. Should you receive a Stop Work Order directly, or other communication regarding a federal contract, notify your SPA Project Officer immediately. 

SPA will continue to provide updates as we receive them. Please feel free to contact your SPA Project Officer should you have any questions.

For more specific information for specific agencies:

NSF: For Proposers and Grantees and For Panelists.

NASA: Furlough Notification to all Grants and Cooperative Agreement Recipients

Dept. of Commerce (includes NIST and NOAA): Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations

Office of Management and Budget: Other Agency Contingency Plans



Rudi Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD

Vice President for Research Administration

Columbia University

December 22, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you already know, the partial shutdown of the federal government went into effect at midnight last night.  The shutdown primarily affects those agencies that have not been funded through the end of federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019, including NSF, NASA and EPA and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State and Transportation.  With the exception of the NSF, the affected agencies have not yet issued guidance on how the shutdown will impact their grant and contract operations.  Limited information from NSF can be found at Information About the Government Shutdown for NSF Proposers and Grantees.

Agencies that were funded through the end of FFY 2019 will generally not be affected by the shutdown.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following agencies within the Departments of Health and Human Services: NIH, CDC, CMS, HRSA, SAMHSA and AHRQ, in addition to the Departments of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

SPA will keep you informed as we receive additional guidance.  We plan to circulate a more detailed analysis of the effects of the shutdown on our primary funding agencies in the very near future.

Should you have any immediate and specific questions, please contact your SPA Project Officer or email CUIMC SPA at or Morningside SPA at


Rudi Odeh-Ramadan, PharmD

Vice President for Research Administration

Columbia University


Today NIH released the new Parent Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the R01 and R21 funding mechanisms dedicated to Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans. These studies fall within the NIH definition of a clinical trial and also meet the definition of basic research. Read the NIH Open Mike blog for more information.

These new Parent FOAs, along with all other Parent FOAs, can be found in the NIH Parent Announcements.

In addition, similar FOAs were released for all the Parent Career Development Award (K-series) FOAs. However, those are only available in the November 30, 2018 NIH Weekly Guide at the moment.

For the standard February 5th, 2019 NIH deadline for new and competing renewal R01 applications (and February 16th, 2019 for R21 applications), this means that there are now THREE new Parent R01s and R21s to select from.

Chart Comparing FOA Types by Clinical Trial Allowability:

NIH states they plan to issue more resources to assist researchers with selecting the correct FOA. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the Scientific/Research Contact(s) named in these individual FOAs to inquire about the appropriateness of the FOA for your particular research project.  There will be more information coming, and we’ll do our best to summarize and simplify the information as we receive it.  You can feel free to ask me, or your SPA Project Officer, any questions.

Official NIH Notice:

NIH just released the stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30th, 2019) Kirschstein-NRSA awards for predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. The link above includes all of the details. I know many of you preparing training grants and fellowship applications right now. You can use these new stipend and expense levels in your proposals and progress reports, effective immediately.

To note, the predoctoral stipend increased to $24,816 (FY19), up from $24,324 (FY18). However, the Training Related Expenses and Institutional Allowances for predoctoral trainees and fellows remain unchanged.

The zero level postdoctoral stipend increased to $50,004 (FY19), up from $48,432 (FY18). The Training Related Expenses and the Institutional Allowance for postdoctoral trainees and fellows have increased to $10,850 (FY19), up from $9,850 (FY18).

As a reminder: the maximum amount that NIH will award to support the compensation package for a graduate student research assistant remains at the zero level postdoctoral stipend, as described in NOT-OD-02-017.

The amount NIH will award tuition and fees remains unchanged.

And very important, “Retroactive adjustments or supplementation of stipends or other budgetary categories with Kirschstein-NRSA funds for an award made prior to October 1, 2018 are not permitted.”

Please let your SPA Project Officer know, if you have any questions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its latest version of their Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev Oct 2018). It is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning October 1st, 2018. It supersedes the previous version (NIHGPS, rev Oct 2017).  You can read the full announcement here:

The HTML and PDF versions of the NIHGPS can be found at

NIH updates the NIHGPS every October to incorporate policy announcements that were released during the last year, and to clarify existing policies. Therefore, this revised NIHGPS does not introduce any new policies for the first time.

A summary of significant changes can be found here:

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your SPA Project Officer.

The Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library (HSL) and Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) are pleased to introduce you to a new tool PIVOT, which allows instantaneous access to the funding opportunities that are right for you. 

Start using PIVOT at: and sign up for an account using your Columbia University email address. 

PIVOT strengths:

  • Editorially curated up-to-date funding opportunities span all disciplines and project types, from health and medicine to humanities, law and education, worth an estimated $49 billion.
  • A proprietary algorithm that compiles researcher profiles and matches them to current funding opportunities.

HSL and SPA will be collaborating in the coming months in various outreach and training events. In the meantime find video tutorials and other training materials, or if you have questions, please feel free to send them to us via HSL.

For further information about funding sources, including SPIN, visit Columbia Research website.

Attention NIH Investigators and Administrators,

I wanted to highlight some resources that are available for addressing rigor and reproducibility in your grant applications. In a July Open Mike blog post, NIH highlighted several resources that are readily available. These resources, plus many more, have been compiled in an easy-to-navigate online repository as part of the Research and Data Integrity (ReaDI) Program here at Columbia. You may already be aware of the ReaDI Program and the resources that are available to Columbia researchers, but if you want to know more, the ReaDI Program is hosting an online webinar on September 28, to provide a more detailed look at everything the ReaDI Program has to offer. Spaces are limited and registration is required for this online event.

In addition to the ReaDI Program resources, Dr. Michelle Benson, Assistant Director for Research Integrity and Compliance, and I are available to give presentations on NIH’s Rigor and Reproducibility Policy for individuals new to the NIH proposal process or are looking for a refresher. Contact us to discuss your needs at and Thank you!