April 27, 2020: NIH Announces Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Research on Stigma in Pain Management, Opioid Use, and Opioid Use Disorder

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, with other NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, has issued a notice of special interest calling for research on stigma in the context of chronic pain management and opioid use or opioid use disorder. The NIH will support administrative supplements to current awards and cooperative agreements under the Helping to End Addiction Long Term (HEAL) Initiative. A total of up to $3.5 million is available for the supplemental awards. Applications will be accepted through May 29, 2020.

This funding opportunity will give high priority to projects that analyze strategies to reduce stigma, discrimination, and prejudice related to chronic pain management and/or opioid use disorder; and to projects that use existing psychometrically validated tools to measure stigma (or that support the development of new measurement tools, if there is compelling rationale). Specific areas of interest include:

  • The impact of internalized and anticipated stigma on prevention, management, treatment, and recovery.
  • Prejudice by care providers that undermine treatment and health-related quality of life.
  • Strategies to address stigma among healthcare providers, workplace colleagues, emergency responders, family and friends, and others.
  • Strategies to address internalized stigma.
  • The adaption and application of existing theories of health-related stigma to chronic pain and/or opioid use disorder in reducing stigma.
  • Analyses of combinations of approaches that are known to reduce discrimination and prejudice.
  • Approaches to build resilience to discrimination and prejudice.
  • First-stage development of multicomponent approaches that could be expanded and implemented for large-scale multicomponent research projects.

Application and submission information is available in the full notice of special interest.