Substance Use Disorder Research Pilot Funding

The deadline for Letters of intent has been extended to March 7, 2023 by 5 p.m. due to an error with links in the original RFA. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Joel Thompson, PhD, at

Full applications due April 24, 2023 by 5 p.m.


The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is now accepting applications for pilot projects and mini-grants for research focusing on substance use disorder(s). 

All CCTS pilot awards are open to any faculty across all 16 colleges within the institution.  In the past the CCTS has funded pilots across the translational spectrum including preclinical and clinical research, community engagement, health disparities research and dissemination and implementation research.  Our pilots are intended to provide resources to support innovative, collaborative research relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the citizens of Kentucky and across the nation.


Within the general guidelines outlined below, the types of projects that will be considered within these mechanisms include projects that involve one or more of the following:

  • Support research by early career investigators.
  • Propose research involving new multidisciplinary teams.
  • Promote community-based research.
  • Develop new methodologies to leverage institutional strengths and new initiatives.
  • Pursue high-risk, high reward studies

SUD Pilot Funding Awards 


Two pilots of up to $25,000 in total direct cost will be awarded with a project period of 12 months.  

Areas of emphasis are:

  • Identification and advancement of novel substance use disorder pharmacological treatments along the drug development continuum
  • Community-engaged substance use disorder research focused on intervention development and/or implementation in community settings
  • Leveraging novel technology or mHealth approaches to develop and/or deliver substance use disorder-related interventions (e.g., education, stigma reduction, support, linkage, monitoring) to patients or community members
  • Development and validation of novel laboratory models relevant to substance use disorders

SUD Mini-Grants

Three SUD mini grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for a project period of 12 months.  These projects will follow the above-mentioned areas of emphasis; however, they will be of a scope and scale commensurate with a smaller total budget.  This mechanism is intended to support small scope data collection or experiments to support external funding submission.  The Mini-Grants will submit a 2-page application identical to the LOI guidelines below.  There will be a unique REDCap survey listed below to submit the Mini-Grant. 



Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions.

Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators.

Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co- investigators.


Download the RFA below for complete details and application instructions.