2017 Substance Use Disorders Evidence-Based Practice Training Award Request for Proposals

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NIDA Blending Initiative: Moving Science from Research to Practice

AACN has received National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) training award (N01DA-15-2244) to support an evidence-based project (EBP) focusing on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment practices in health care.

AACN and NIDA are partnering to advance research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence- based SUD treatment practices through a plan that:

  • Provides the student with a mentored opportunity to learn about key areas of SUD and SUD treatment strategies through a systematic literature review, attendance at conferences and workshops, and interaction with leading experts.
  • Provides the student with experience that fosters interest in a clinical career fopcused on evidence-based management of SUD or potentially securing a NIH career development or other grant opportunity related to research in the field of SUD.
  • Provides the student with education and experience in effective dissemination of research findings and implementation/adoption of research in clinical practice.

Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that address or improve current gaps in dissemination of research findings or implementation/adoption of evidence-based treatment practices.

The project results will be presented via poster at an AACN conference.

Amount of Grant Funding

One award of up to $10,000 will be made for the year 2017. The funding cycle begins March 15 and ends August 31 (projects must be completed and reports submitted by August 15, 2017). Awards will be disbursed in three equal payments after the acceptance of proposal and then receipt and acceptance of the required progress reports. *These funding opportunities are based on the availability of funds.


To be eligible for this support, the applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application.
  • Submit a project proposal responsive to the requirements.
  • Be enrolled in an AACN member school
  • Be a U.S. Citizen

Submission Deadline

Applications must be received by Friday, February 24, 2017 to be considered for funding. Applicant will be notified on March 10, 2017. Apply Online!

Proposal Required Elements

A. Formatting:

  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point type
  • Sequentially numbered pages

B. Cover Page: CV/Resume

  • Applicant’s name
  • Educational institution
  • Expected date of graduation
  • CV/Resume

C. EBP Proposal (Do not include personal/institutional identifiers on proposal pages)

  • Abstract title (limit 100 characters)
  • Project objectives focused on improving knowledge of evidence-based SUD treatment among healthcare providers (limit 100 words)
  • Literature review (limited to studies related evidence –based treatment with SUD )
  • Procedure/process for implementation - how will you achieve your project goal? (maximum 2 pages)
  • Outcome evaluation – how will you document goal attainment? (maximum 2 pages)
  • Dissemination plan (maximum 2 pages)
  • Budget plan (maximum 1 page)

    • Note that project funds are to be used for only direct project costs. Funds may not be used for computers or other electronic devices.

D. Appendix 1 – Two Required Letters of support:

  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor attesting to the applicant’s ability to undertake and complete an EBP project within the defined time limit.
  • A letter of support from the practice-site or agency in which the project is to be conducted. This letter should address the relevance of the project for dissemination of evidence-based approaches to treating SUD within the agency or practice site.

Questions? Please contact Director of Policy, Colleen Leners at

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