The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program tentatively plans to request proposals for research on the causes and short- and long-term effects of marijuana use and the outcomes of use. The proposals would be funded by the Dedicated Marijuana Account established by the State of Washington Legislature based on Initiative 502. Note that this funding program has different deadlines, requirements, and application formats than other ADARP funding.
Fiscal Year 2018-19 Dedicated Marijuana Account (DMAc) Grant Competition
Grant applications will be accepted pending the availability of I-502 funds. Projected submission date: August 16, 2017. Projected award date: October 1, 2017. Projects are expected to be up to 21 months in duration. We plan to post additional information about the application process as soon as possible.
Judging Criteria (maximum of six pages total for significance, innovation, and approach)
- Significance. Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved?
- Innovation. Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by using novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
- Approach. Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?
- Investigators. Are the PIs, collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project? If early stage investigators, do they have appropriate experience and training? If the project is collaborative or multi-PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise?
- Extramural Funding Potential/Benefit to the State of Washington. What is the likelihood of the project ultimately receiving extramural support and/or benefiting the State of Washington?
- Budget. Appropriateness of the budget.
- Readiness must be considered because these funds are very time-sensitive. Accordingly, any necessary DEA licenses and human and/or animal subject approvals must be in place by the time of application.