To promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research the following activities will be undertaken:
1) Monthly program and project description meetings with each SA SWG emphasis area group taking turns in having responsibility for presenting. Highest priority will be given to investigators presenting formative conceptual ideas for future projects.
2) Tri-annual half day symposia in which a SA SWG emphasis area team invites an outside speaker and also has a prominent local investigator present findings relevant to that area. In addition 4-6 local faculty or junior investigators will present their work.
To facilitate procurement of funding for relevant projects the following activities will be initiated:
1) The NIDA Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Librarians (housed at the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute), will distribute weekly a list of appropriate funding opportunities related to substance abuse.
2) One CFAR New Investigator Award (jointly funded by ADAI and CFAR Developmental Core) will be prioritized for a substance abuse and HIV/STI-focused investigator, based upon a competitive process organized by the Developmental Core, with participation of the SWG leadership.
3) The SA SWG will form an advisory panel that will provide pre-submission reviews of grant proposals. Panel membership will include at least 2 members who have served on NIH review group panels.