RARC Launches 2023 Pilot Grant Program

We are pleased to announce the 2023-24 pilot grants program for the Rutgers Addiction Research Center in the Brain Health Institute.  

There are two main objectives of these pilot awards program: (1) to foster new collaborative, interdisciplinary addiction research among full-time resident faculty and Rutgers-affiliated clinical services, and (2) to support pilot data that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH). Pilot grants will be awarded for a one-year period and are limited to no more than $30,000 direct costs; no indirect costs or overhead are allowed. Additionally, the PI (or one of the PIs for MPI applications) must have a primary affiliation in RBHS because this pilot grant program is funded by the RBHS Chancellor. Faculty with part-time or visiting appointments are not eligible. Early career investigators, and investigators who have not previously had NIH funding are especially encouraged to apply. We anticipate making up to two awards in 2023-2024. You can learn more about last year’s awardees here.  

For the 2023-2024 pilot grant program we especially encourage applications that promote new interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty and clinical/community partners. To learn more about addiction services offered by Rutgers clinical partners, visit the Rutgers Services page on our website. To hear directly from our partners, please click on the links below: 

We encourage faculty to reach out directly to our clinical partners to explore grant ideas. Partnership with other community organizations focused on prevention, intervention, treatment, or recovery are also welcome. 

If you intend to submit a pilot grant proposal, please email with a brief letter of intent, including the names of the PI(s), clinical partner you intend to collaborate with, title of your proposal, and a brief description of your project by December 1, 2023. This will allow us to identify external reviewers to ensure a timely review of applications.  

The entire application, including the Cover page & Check List, should be combined into one PDF document with the Cover page in the front.  Submit the SINGLE PDF file to by 5 PM, Monday, December 18, 2023. 

Please access the full announcement & RFP – Pilot Grant Program: CLICK HERE.