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Message from the Director to Investigators Applying for NIDA ARRA Funds

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

As you know, NIDA has several programs in process within the overall American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The response to each of these programs has been tremendous, and we are excited by the range of science that is being considered. Unfortunately, with the tremendous response, NIDA will not be able to support some of the meritorious applications we received for each of the announcements. For example, May 15 was our deadline for Administrative Supplement requests.The response to this announcement was unexpectedly robust, and we are just in the process of reviewing these applications in order to make decisions about which ones to fund. As this process unfolds, I wanted to alert you that NIDA is putting limited support into this particular component of the ARRA. I realize that, as a result, there will be many worthy requests that cannot be funded. This will also be the case with the Challenge and GO programs.

I know that many of you will be disappointed, and I encourage you to work with your program officials at NIDA to find alternative mechanisms for your scientific concepts. In particular, note that our regular grant program continues without interruption and may provide multiple opportunities for development of innovative, important scientific studies.

Thank you for your interest in NIDA programs.


Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

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