December 13, 2019: Reissuance of Funding Opportunity Announcement for HEAL Initiative/PRISM Coming January 2020

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), with other NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, intends to reissue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HEAL Initiative: Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain To Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional).

This RFA solicits applications for phased cooperative research applications to conduct efficient, large-scale pragmatic or implementation trials to improve pain management and reduce the unnecessary use of opioid medications in the health care delivery setting. The re-issuance of the FOA will prioritize the following areas for pragmatic trials to integrate multimodal or multiple interventions that have demonstrated efficacy into health care systems or implement health care system changes to improve adherence to evidence-based guidelines:

  • Pain management in emergency departments, dental clinics, primary care, and hospitals
  • Chronic overlapping pain conditions
  • Pain management in individuals at risk of or with opioid use disorder
  • Pain management in those with co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Noncancer pain management in persons with medical comorbid conditions

The FOA is expected to be published in January 2020 with an expected application due date in March 2020.

The announcement is part of the NIH Heal (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, which was created in April 2018 in an effort to speed scientific solutions for addressing the national opioid public health crisis.