CALDAR Call for Proposals – Pilot Study Support Program for Emerging Investigators in Longitudinal Substance Abuse Research

CALDAR Call for Proposals – Pilot Study Support Program for Emerging Investigators in Longitudinal Substance Abuse Research

The Pilot Study Support Program of the UCLA Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research (CALDAR) aims to support new and innovative science and to promote the career development of emerging investigators in the field of longitudinal substance abuse research.  The program will provide up to $20,000 to as many as three investigators to conduct short-term (one year) pilot studies in CALDAR’s priority areas of research.  In prior years, more than half of all Pilot Study Support Program applicants have been funded.

CALDAR promotes and supports rigorous longitudinal research to enhance scientific understanding of how drug use patterns evolve and interplay with HIV, drug treatment services, and other service systems (e.g., criminal justice, mental health) over time. Currently, CALDAR is seeking proposals that focus on promoting identification, intervention, and management of risks and problems of substance use. Studies focused on recovery are of particular interest.

Pilot studies are expected to (1) lead to larger projects that will be appropriate for independent funding from a government agency or private foundation and (2) result in at least one peer-reviewed publication.  Each awardee will be mentored and supervised by at least one senior CALDAR researcher.

To apply, applicants must hold a doctoral or other advanced degree, be an emerging investigator, and be affiliated with a research institution/organization.  Minority researchers and researchers focused on health disparities are encouraged to apply.

Key dates

  • November 15, 2013 – Letter of intent deadline
  • December 15, 2013 – Selected applicants are invited to submit a full application
  • February 2, 2014 – Full application deadline
  • April 1, 2014 – Anticipated award notification
  • August 15, 2014 – Last date for awardees to provide proof of regulatory approvals
  • August 31, 2014 – Anticipated date for funds to be disbursed to awardees
  • September 1, 2014 – Anticipated start date for pilot studies
  • August 31, 2015 – Anticipated end date for pilot studies

More information about the CALDAR Pilot Study Support Program and how to apply is available

For inquiries or requests for additional information, contact Liz Evans at or (310) 267-5315.

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