Making Waves in Pain and Opioid Research at BWH

POPI Innovators and Friends;
This newsletter is being produced during a historical time when our nation and our world is being faced with the unfortunate challenges of COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. There is an abundance of information being distributed via many sources and media outlets including within the Brigham and Women’s Health family.
To stay on par with the our goal and messaging in Opioid and Pain Innovation research, it’s important to note that many of our colleagues as well as the demographic we serve are at a heightened risk for anxiety/exhaustion, increase in prevalence of OUD, as well as decreased access to care for pain and OUD.  Below are resources and information that highlight areas of interest and vital knowledge for ourselves and the people that we serve. 
For more information regarding OUD/COVID-19 contact POPI at .
Private Funding Opportunities
Grants awarded to investigators at different career stages performing research, contributing unique expertise, as well as data collection.  Focus areas: Pain and Suicide/Opioids and Suicide.  Supports studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or that test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. At least one suicide outcome measure must be included in all grant projects. Also considers studies of treatment feasibility, and studies that add a suicide component (e.g., population or treatment) to an existing grant in another area.
Agency: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
Amount: $30,000-$300,000 over 2 years
Anticipated Due Date: November 15, 2020
Contact: for more information on 2020 deadlines 
Investigator-initiated and supports high-impact research projects aimed at addressing gaps in knowledge that impact the ability to provide optimal, patient-centered, cost-effective diagnosis and care for patients with sleep disorders. This is a focused request for applications (RFA) in specific research domains and topic areas that will advance the field of sleep medicine. The research domains for this RFA include artificial intelligence, hypersomnia, hypopnea scoring criteria, insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, pediatric sleep medicine and health, population sleep health, polysomnography and home sleep testing, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder and other parasomnias, and high impact research.
Amount: $250,000
Due Date:  November 2, 2020
Focuses on prevention, treatment and education about alcohol use disorder and substance use disorders. 
Agency: Christopher D. Smithers Foundation 
Amount: Varies
Due Date: Rolling 
Aims to identify and invest in the planning and development of solutions that can address some of the health challenges facing the Massachusetts area.
Agency: Metro West Health Foundation
Concept Paper: March 5, 2020
Amount: $30,000
Due Date: March 26, 2020
Funds research projects for two years for the purpose of advancing promising approaches to achieve a higher value healthcare system. The goal of this program is to test approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the healthcare they provide to their patients and communities.
Agency: The Donaghue Foundation
Amount: Up to $400,000
Due Date: More information will be available on March 15, 2020
To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth. To contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.
Amount: $766,761
Due Date: July 15, 2020
The intent of this FOA is two-fold: (1) characterize how the neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences arising from polysubstance use differ from, or are similar to, those observed in single drug use; (2) promote integrative polysubstance research along a translational pipeline, consisting of basic science research in animals, human-based laboratory investigations, and epidemiological studies. 
FOA: PAR-20-035
Amount:   $300,000
Due Date: March 17, 2020
In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, the Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research projects (e.g. papers, conferences, workshops, etc.) that explore innovative, community-based solutions that are targeted at destroying the root causes of substance abuse.
Agency: Charles Koch Foundation
Amount: Varies and are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues.
Due Date: Rolling
Contact: for technical assistance
Offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Scholars should be committed to working toward eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.
Amount:  $420,000
Due Date: March 11, 2020
An organization committed to addressing social determinants of health that affect the health outcomes of vulnerable populations
Amount: Varies
Due Date: Anticipated January 1, 2021
Areas of research focus include the following, although other areas of disparity in orthopedic practice will be considered: Strategies to reduce racial/ethnic inequities in Orthopedic treatment. Disproportionate outcomes/access to care for minority Orthopedic patients
Diversity in Orthopedic Surgical Training
Amount: $20,000
Due Date: February 21,2021
Recognizes and honors one or more scientists, physicians and researchers whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of or ability to treat disease.
Amount: $500,000
Due Date: November 4, 2020
This grant provides support for research proposals that advance the science of medical toxicology in emergency medicine. The goals are to foster collaboration between members of ACMT and SAEM and to advance the science of medical toxicology as it relates to all aspects of emergency medicine. The research proposals can address but is not limited to Opioid-use disorders and addiction medicine.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2020
Federal Funding Opportunities
A multi-year initiative by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities.The primary focus of the grant is OUD. However, consortia may address other SUD-related needs of the target population. 
Due Date: April 24, 2020
This program supports training programs that enhance and expand paraprofessionals knowledge, skills, and expertise. It aims to increase the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who work on interprofessional teams to provide services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD), and their family members in guardianship roles.
Due Date: April 13, 2020
Webinar: March 23, 2020

Invites innovative research to characterize the consequences of psychosocial stress on affective/cognitive functioning and/or pain processing as it relates to opioid use disorder (OUD). This FOA encourages research that elucidates mechanisms of action and determinants of vulnerability and/or resilience by which psychosocial stress influence OUD trajectories
Featured Innovator Publications
Kamen V. Vlassakov, MD; Avery L. Vafai, M; Alvaro Macias, MD; Jose L. Zeballos, MD; David R. Janfaza, MD; Sujatha Pentakota, MD; Kristin L. Schreiber, MD, PhD - Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Nicholas Sadovnikoff, MD -Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Richard Urman, MD, -Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
George E. Haleblian, MD- Urologic Surgery
Joji Suzuki, MD - Psychiatry
Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, MD- CSPH; Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD -Orthopaedic Surgery; Eric Goralnick, MD, MS- Emergency Medicine
Upcoming Events
POPI is proud to partner with and or sponsor events within BWH and the Boston health community at large. To learn more about becoming a judge or mentor at one of the below hackathons or for more information on BWH events please contact Gloria Brand at
*some dates are subject to change due to developments with COVID-19.
Discover Brigham
November 12, 2020
Proposal Submissions Due March 23, 2020
Stepping Strong Research and Innovation Symposium
November 13, 2020
MIT Grand Hack
April 17-19
Hacking Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
March 28, 2020


The next POPI Meeting will be held
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
4:00pm- 5:00 PM
Virtual Zoom

If you would like to attend please RSVP to the right.

For any additional questions or concerns contact Gloria Brand, Senior Program Manager
Pain and Opioid Innovation Program

POPI Meeting
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03/18/20 4:00pm - 03/18/20 5:00pm

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