Opioid Innovation Fund

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant through the Opioid Innovation Fund (OIF)!

This year, per feedback from our steering committee as well as applicants from Round 1, we are accepting single-page letters of intent (LOIs) in place of the three-page pre-proposals from last year. LOIs can be submitted as PDF files to OIFGrants@osu.edu until Friday, October 12, 2018 at 5pm EST. Due to the anticipated volume of LOIs, the OIF Team will NOT provide feedback for every letter.

If selected to progress in the grant process, applicant teams will be invited to submit proposals for full review by a committee. These invitations will be emailed on Friday, October 26, 2018.

For a full timeline of OIF Round 2 events, deadlines, and other announcements, please see below.

We are looking forward to reading your LOI and appreciate your continued engagement with and investment in addressing Ohio's opioid epidemic. If you have any questions, please contact us at OIFGrants@osu.edu.

Good luck!

Opioid Innovation Fund Team

Eligibility

Applicant teams must have at least one OSU staff or faculty member as the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI.

LOI Guidelines

  • Please use Calibri font (minimum 11 point) and maintain a 0.5 inch minimum margin
  • 1 page maximum (not including appended CVs and/or NIH-style biosketches)
  • All letters of intent should include the following information about the proposed project:
    • Name and contact information (complete mailing address, phone number, and email address) of the PI or co-PIs
    • Name of the PI's affiliated institution or OSU college
    • Title of the project
    • Stage (select one of the following):
      • Planning:
        • for feasibility studies, needs assessments, or community planning activities to build body of evidence for possible initiatives;
        • to plan innovative, community-based initiatives that reduce 1) deaths related to opioid misuse or 2) negative impacts of opioid misuse on individuals or communities;
        • up to $50,000
      • Implementation:
        • for implementing evidence-informed initiatives;
        • to implement or pilot innovative, community-based initiatives that reduce 1) deaths related to opioid misuse or 2) negative impacts of opioid misuse on individuals or communities;
        • up to $100,000

Clearly identify the following:

  • Problem being addressed, rationale, and significance
  • Aims, objectives, approach, brief methods, and anticipated outcomes, including how outcomes will be evaluated
  • Partners or other participating institutions

Submit CVs or NIH-style biosketches for team members or other key personnel (3 pages maximum per team member), appended to the LOI as a single PDF document (see a sample here)

LOI Review Criteria

The LOI Review Committee will judge proposed projects based on the following criteria:

  • Importance and relevance of proposal to opioid crisis, addiction/recovery, etc.
  • Potential for impact
  • Feasibility of approach and quality of evaluation
  • Capacity of team to accomplish goals
  • Potential sustainability of approach

Round Two Timeline and Events

Monday, September 10

Community Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic
8:30 am to 11:00 am
Biomedical Research Tower Room 115
Coffee and light breakfast provided
Draft Agenda (PDF)

Registration

Monday, September 17

Conducting Impact Evaluation for Grant-Funded Projects
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Biomedical Research Tower Room 115
Coffee and light breakfast provided
Draft Agenda (PDF)

Registration

Wednesday, September 26

Q&A Session 1
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
Thompson Library Room 165

Thursday, October 4

Q&A Session 2
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Thompson Library Room 165

Friday, October 12

Deadline for submitting LOI

Friday, October 26

Invitations for select teams to submit full proposals

Week of November 26-30

Peer feedback meetings for proposals

Friday, December 14

Deadline for submitting proposals

February, 2019

Awarded proposals announced

Frequently Asked Questions

We anticipate that a second round of applications for OIF support will be due in fall 2018. Details will be posted here, on the Opioid Innovation Fund webpage, as they become available. Look for announcements in OnCampus and other university news outlets as we get closer to the date.

Eighty-nine pre-proposals were submitted, and 32 were recommended for final submission. Twenty-eight were ultimately submitted. From this group, two proposals were chosen for implementation grants of up to $100,000, and six for planning grants of up to $50,000.

A panel of several independent reviewers evaluated and ranked the proposals. The review followed the traditional NIH review format and used the 1-9 scale of ranking.

All of the submissions reflected innovative ideas, but the selected proposals were notable because they addressed an important need related to the opioid crisis and offered a clear plan for evaluation of the project and its potential for broader implementation.

We are dedicated to helping develop the many innovative ideas that were not funded in the first round. The OIF Grant Support Team will be hosting a grant development workshop prior to the next submission deadline. Please watch the OIF webpage and OnCampus for dates.

Yes! The principal investigators on each grant will be receiving reviewer feedback via email.

Grant guidelines and the application timeline for the first round of funding in March 2018 remain published online and are accesible using the link immediately below. It's possible that guidelines might be revised in some fashion for the second round.

Contact the Opioid Innovation Fund at CPH-OIFGrants@osu.edu.