Opioid Innovation Fund
The Autumn 2017 Opioid Innovation Fund (OIF) grants are to encourage faculty, staff and students, and, if appropriate, their respective public/private sector community partners to submit proposals with the objective of reducing the burden of the opioid crisis in Ohio. We are seeking to fund proposals that will run the gamut from innovative new approaches in technology to implementation of evidence-based strategies in the community.
This program is designed to bring together multiple, available resources and leverage existing partnerships (private and public) to develop programs/initiatives that will achieve measurable, positive impacts to reduce the burden of the opioid crisis. Partnerships within Ohio State could also include regional campuses or Extension offices that offer proximity to many of the Ohio counties most affected by the opioid crisis. Where appropriate, partnerships are encouraged with community organizations such as local faith-based groups and non-profits, as well as local governmental agencies, libraries and businesses. It is critical that projects dependent on community engagement have effective and sustainable partnerships in the community.
- Program Overview
Eligible applicants are invited to submit a pre-proposal, using the template provided to be considered for further development and subsequent funding. As promising pre-proposals are identified, a Program Support Team will work with investigators of the projects identified, and will attempt to finalize and resolve any remaining potential issues such as needed clarity of purpose, program evaluation, community partners, and/or budget. Applicants will need to set aside sufficient staff time for full proposal completion. The final proposal will not exceed 10 pages.
Teams must be led by current Ohio State faculty or staff. One individual must be designated as the point of contact for the grant and will facilitate communication with team members.
- Grant Tracks
Program Planning Grant (up to $50,000)
Planning grants support development or improvement of a program at any point in its life-cycle. Teams that demonstrate support and success for starting or enhancing a program will be expected to further develop the program to implementation in another funding cycle.
Program Implementation Grant (up to $100,000)
Implementation grants are intended for programs with accrued early successes, where there is a clear purpose based on demonstrated need, a comprehensive plan, and partnerships are already established. These grants may also support scale-up of an established program’s infrastructure and capacity that have previously documented achieving specific outcomes and goals that positively impacted some critical factor needed to reduce the opioid burden in Ohio.
- Funding Period
Duration of funding can be up to two years from the date the project is funded. Grantees must plan to spend all grant funds during the grant period. The anticipated project timeline for the autumn cycle is February 1, 2018, through January 30, 2020. An interim report is due at 6 months and a final report when project is completed articulating whether specific outcomes were achieved or not.
- Use of Funds
There are no restrictions on the proposed use of funds, except that funds may not be used for capital improvements. Examples of fund use include, but are not limited to, operating costs, faculty, staff, student, community partner support, equipment and supplies. All uses must be submitted as part of the proposal but would be subject to modification.
- Recommended (but not required) Cost Share
Proposals should, where possible, identify cost share equal to 50% of the final award amount with at least 1/2 of the cost sharing as cash.
Selection and Timeline
Pre-proposals will be evaluated on merit based on quality of responses to questions posed on the narrative template, including alignment with funding priority areas. The Selection Committee will decide which proposals advance to the funding stage based on merit and priorities of areas of need.
|October 12, 2017||Call for pre-proposals opens|
|November 3, 2017, 5 p.m.||Pre-proposals due|
|No later than December 8, 2017||Top-tier proposals recommended for development of full proposals|
|February 14, 2018||Full proposals due|
|Early March, 2018||Award decisions made|
|March 2018||Funds available|
The narrative must be typed in 11-point Arial or Calibri font, single-line spacing, and 1-inch page margins. Charts, tables, and graphics may be used in the narrative, but will be included as part of the three-page limit. Do not use a table of contents page or divider pages.
NOTE: Pre-proposals exceeding the 3-page narrative limit will not be reviewed.
Submit the complete application package as a single PDF. Any non-electronic documents should be scanned and added to the PDF copy. Email the complete application package to CPH-OIFgrants@osu.edu by 5 p.m. on November 3, 2017.