19 March


The Addiction Research, Treatment and Training (ARTT) Center of Excellence is soliciting proposals for pilot projects. This purpose of this program is to foster new research initiatives and new collaborations between/among investigators working in the area of substance use disorders. The goal of the program is to stimulate translational research leading to insights and discoveries that will move the field forward and serve as a vehicle to obtain extramural support. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 PM, Friday, 19 March 2021 with a requested start date of no later than 1 June 2021.


All applicants (investigators and co-investigators) must hold a faculty-level appointment at UT Health San Antonio. The proposed project must not overlap with currently funded research and must include collaboration between two or more individuals. Proposals from faculty with a history of successful collaboration, seeking to bring in new collaborators, are highly encouraged.


An individual may submit no more than one proposal as a Principal Investigator and have a role on no more than two proposals overall. The application as well as the names and email addresses of four potential reviewers (two at UT Health and two outside UT Health) should be submitted electronically via the link below. Contact, 210-567-4655 for assistance or additional details.

A single award will be for one year starting no later than 15 September 2020. Progress reports must be submitted at 6 and 12 months after initiation of funding. A follow-up survey of related grants and publications will be solicited 24 and 36 months after initiation of funding. For projects involving human subjects or vertebrate animals, ARTT must receive a copy of the official letter of approval by the IRB or IACUC, respectively, at least 30 days before the intended award date to avoid the award being withdrawn administratively. Applicants are encouraged to submit IRB or IACUC applications as early as possible. All personnel who participate in a funded project must be current with institutional training, and with compliance and conflict of interest disclosure policies. A Certificate of Proposal (COP) is required upon award. ARTT must be acknowledged in all publications, presentations, and other communications resulting from the project. The funded investigator(s) is required to present the results of the project at the Behavior, Biology & Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction (BBC) meeting in the year of the award.

Applications should be submitted via the JotForm platform and uploaded as a PDF, using Arial 11 point font, single spacing, and no less than .5-inch margins. Failure to follow these or the following guidelines could result in the application being withdrawn administratively.

The application should include the following (maximum page limit):

  • Project Summary/Abstract (NIH form page)
  • Budget (NIH form page)
  • Budget justification (NIH form page)
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Project narrative (4 pages)
  • Literature cited (no limit)
  • Description of plans to obtain external funding (2 pages)
  • NIH Biosketch for all investigators (5 pages/investigator)


The maximum requested budget for one year is $50,000 although applications requesting a budget less than $50,000 will be considered under the same review criteria. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, indirect costs) expenses will not be reimbursed and funds may not be used to support the salary of anyone with a faculty appointment. For non-faculty, up to $20,000 in salary (including fringe) can be requested. A maximum of $1,000 in travel (total) can be requested. Other expenditures must be justified as being essential for completion of the project. Unexpended funds at the end of the award period will be returned to ARTT; no-cost extension requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved only under extenuating circumstances.


Applications will be peer-reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Significance
  • Strength of the study protocol
    • Design
    • Feasibility
    • Preliminary data (if available)
  • Investigators
  • Whether the project includes a new collaboration
  • Likelihood of leading to submission of an application for extramural support within 1 year
  • Likelihood of generating high quality, publishable data
  • Protection of human and/or non-human subjects