The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute Small Grants Proposal

Closing Date

Link to small grant guidelines


The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to advance research, policy, and practice in order to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and abuse.

The goal of this RFA is to solicit and support short-term pilot studies and developmental research. Substance abuse research is interpreted broadly to include everything from basic studies of the pharmacology of drugs of abuse to studies of clinical treatment strategies, prevention, and social policy issues. Proposals from a wide array of disciplines are welcome, ranging from but not limited to Public Health, Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology, Anthropology, Information Science, Law, Economics, History, Social Justice, Gender and Racial Studies.

Funding decisions are based on scientific merit assessed by peer review, relevance of the question to the field, and potential for new insights into the problems of substance abuse. Priority is given to work that is likely to support a subsequent extramural grant application for research at the University of Washington.

Questions concerning the application process or relevance of a proposed research topic may be directed to the Institute at


Individuals qualified to serve as Principal Investigators at the University of Washington are eligible to apply as P.I. on ADAI proposals. This may include faculty, including those with an acting appointment, as well as Research Scientists who are permitted by their school, department, or research center to serve independently as P.I. on federal grants.

Pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows (if permitted by their department), may apply as P.I. with the support of a Mentor, who must be UW Faculty or a Research Scientist. Applications in this category should name the pre-doctoral student or postdoctoral fellow as Principal Investigator of the research project; the Mentor will be fiscally responsible for the award.

Individuals not affiliated with the University are not eligible to apply for funding. 


A. The intent of the Institute is to provide initial funding of new projects, and it is expected that applicants will eventually seek outside grant support for continuation of their research programs. Therefore, low priority will be given to continuation of proposals. 

B. Preferential consideration will be granted to projects involving new investigators (particularly junior faculty), and experienced investigators who are exploring new areas of research.

C. The scientific merit, significance, approach, level of innovation, and feasibility of the proposed research are the primary factors in evaluating an application. Only projects that may result in scientific publication will be considered for funding, and priority is given to work that is likely to support a subsequent extramural grant application at the University of Washington.

D. Two levels of funding are available. Faculty and Research Scientists may apply for funding up to $30,000. The funding limit for applications from mentored predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows is $20,000.

Applications with budgets in excess of these amounts will not be considered.

E. ADAI will not review more than one proposal by a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator during a single review period. Similarly, a faculty member or Research Scientist can serve as a mentor on only one application per review period.

Application Procedures 

The deadline for receipt of applications is March 15 and Oct 15 at 5:00 pm or the following Monday if these dates fall on a weekend. Deadlines are adhered to strictly.

Applications must be transmitted through the Department Chair and College Dean for their signatures of endorsement (for both Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators). Applications are not submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), therefore, an eGC1 form is not required. Animal Care Committee and Human Subjects Committee approval is not required prior to submission, but will be required if appropriate prior to award. Applications must have all required signatures on the cover page (in ink or electronic). Applications should be submitted as a PDF attachment to an email sent to: The complete application, including appendices, must be submitted at the same time.

In preparing proposals, applicants should keep in mind that these are read by a faculty committee selected from the general area in which the proposal is made, but not all review committee members are specialists in the particular field of the proposal.

Resubmissions: When re-submitting a proposal, it is recommended that you attach a cover letter (no more than 3 pages), responding to previous reviewer comments, along with the revised grant proposal.  In the letter, briefly explain changes and point to sections of the proposal that are changed. It is helpful to highlight areas in the text of the proposal that have been revised (e.g. italics or bold font).

If you disagree with reviewer criticism, and your response is not to change a part of the proposal, be sure to explain why you are not making the suggested change.