Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction – Call for Proposals

In response to the nation-wide crisis, Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction seeks to support programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of addiction and substance use.

Call for Proposals  

Submission Due Date:

Project Start Date:

Project End Date: 

January 14, 2022 at 5PM March 1, 2022 February 28, 2023


In response to the nation-wide crisis, Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction seeks to support programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of addiction and substance use. 

Jointly funded by Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, this initiative provides an opportunity for members of our clinical, research and scholarship community to generate bold ideas and innovate in the face of the complex challenges associated with the increase in substance use and addiction both locally and nationally. From the brain disease model to social programs that reduce stigma, increase civic engagement, improve education, and catalyze research, Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction offers a path to use our greatest resource—our expertise as a student-centered, patient-facing research university and hospital—to make a difference in the world around us.

Successful proposals will encourage, clinical interventions, community-based participatory research, civic engagement, and education programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. The goal of this initiative is to establish sustainable efforts using Tufts’ unique constellation of clinical expertise, research, scholarship and commitment to civic engagement, to help the countless individuals and families who have suffered as a result of the opioid crisis.

Proposals due date: Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5PM. 


Awards are expected to range from $500 to $25,000.  Funding decisions will be made through a peer-review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.  No cost extensions are discouraged.


Any member of the Tufts community, including faculty, staff, and students active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at Tuts Medical Center and/or Tufts University school or unit is eligible to apply for funding to the Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction.  The lead principal investigator on the application must be a Tufts Medical Center or University employee, but applicants may partner with collaborators at community-based, local non-profit organizations (preferably in Tufts host communities of Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville) to develop and/or implement the proposed project.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically via RedCap* by 5pm on January 14, 2022, for funding available March 1, 2022. 

Application Components

  • Project Description (maximum five pages, excluding references) - Address each of the review criteria in detail:
    • Potential for field-advancing innovation and societal impact in the field of substance use and mental health
    • Opportunities for cross- or multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and/or translational research, scholarship, and/or educational programming inside and/or outside Tufts.
    • Build on existing strengths.
    • Timeline: Give a detailed description of the timeline for the proposed activities.  Please include milestones and deliverables.
    • Practical and credible post-completion plan to ensure enduring impact (and sustained financial support) of the work.
    • Feasibility of completing the work within the School, Division or unit environment (timeline, space, equipment and other resources available).
  • Budget Justification:
    • Details explaining the necessity of each budget item.
    • Description of each person’s role in the project, percentage of effort, and estimated costs.
    • List of any in-kind (no cost to the grant) contributions from Tufts central services and any other school, department or division (e.g. salaries and supplies).
    • Justify use of non-Tufts service of cores when similar resources are available at Tufts.
  • Abbreviated CV or NSF/NIH-style Biosketch (no more than five single-spaced pages per collaborator). Include an abbreviated two-page maximum CV or NSF/NIH-style Biosketch for each collaborator.
  • Letters Committing Support of Collaborators and Service Providers
  • References/Bibliography. A list of references relevant to the project may be included but is not required.

Inquiries may be directed to SubstanceUseInitiative@Tufts.edu