Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Grant Opportunity: Public Health Impact of the Changing Policy/Legal Environment for Marijuana

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Deadline:   February 5, 2014

Funding Amount:  NIH intends to fund an estimate of 6-10 awards, corresponding to a total of $3 million for fiscal year 2015.

Eligibility:   Independent school districts; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); For profit organizations other than small businesses; City or township governments; Small businesses; Special district governments; Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments); Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; State governments; Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification); County governments; Private institutions of higher education

Agency:   National Institutes of Health
Grant ID:  PAS-14-020
CFDA#:   93.279 -- Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs

Summary:   This initiative encourages research on the impact of changing marijuana policies and laws on public health outcomes, including marijuana exposure among children, adolescents, and adults; other licit and illicit drug use; education and professional achievement; social development; risky behaviors (e.g., drugged driving); mental health; HIV, etc. 
Public opinion around marijuana use has become increasingly positive and permissive, despite the lack of scientific data on the short and longer term outcomes among exposed children, adolescents, and even adults.  Changes in marijuana policy and legal status are gaining momentum, yet we know little about the impact these shifts have had or will have on epidemiology, prevention and treatment of marijuana and other substance use or disorders, related social and health outcomes such as education and professional achievement, other risky behaviors (e.g. drugged driving) and other disease incidence or prevalence (e.g., HIV, mental illness). While modest increases in prevalence of marijuana use coupled with decreases in the perception of harm associated with marijuana use have been seen in recent years, given the current social climate around marijuana use for both medical and recreational purposes it is reasonable to anticipate continued fluctuations in trajectories of use and attitudes.  Therefore the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is encouraging population-based research on social, behavioral, and health outcomes of marijuana involvement to help inform the public health impact of the changing marijuana environment.

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