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SAMHSA Dissertation Grants: Support for Analyses in Substance Abuse

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Program Announcement: PA 04-001(MOD) Notice: January 25, 2005
Receipt date:  May 1, 2005

Note: Applications are due May 1 of each year, or, if May 1 is a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday.

    Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.: 93.243

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Application Deadline Applications are due May 1 of each year, or, if May 1 is a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday. (Note: This grant is now inactive)
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372) Letters from State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The purpose of the program is to expand the number of researchers who conduct high-quality substance abuse services research, the study of how various factors (social, financial, organizational, and personal) affect the need for and access to substance abuse treatment, the quality and cost of substance abuse treatment, and, ultimately, health and well being.  The research domains are individuals, families, organizations, institutions, communities and populations.  Funded projects may address topics including the organization, financing and delivery of substance abuse prevention and treatment services, and the need for such services, as well as methodological advances in health services research methods applicable to the study of substance abuse issues.  In addition, attention to substance abuse issues in racial/ethnic minority populations, women, children and families, older adults, low income groups, the homeless, those in rural settings, and persons with mental illness is encouraged.  Topics of special interest include the factors affecting the supply of services, the cost effectiveness of prevention and treatment services, barriers to access to care, and alternative sources of treatment such as the criminal justice system and faith-based organizations.  Given the program's focus, submission of proposals involving secondary analyses of existing data sources is encouraged, while submission of clinical research proposals is discouraged.  In addition to developing a cadre of researchers capable of producing high-quality substance abuse services research, one of the goals of the program is to promote secondary analyses of data collected by SAMHSA, although secondary analyses of other relevant data sets is acceptable.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are domestic public or private, nonprofit entities.  The statutory authority for this program precludes grants to for-profit organizations and any non-domestic entity. 

Students registered and in good standing at an accredited academic doctoral degree program (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D., or  Dr.P.H.), which requires a dissertation based on original research, may apply.  The student must apply through an eligible institution that will administer the grant on his or her behalf.   The dissertation must examine in a quantitative way a problem or issue in the area of substance abuse.  Students in such fields as sociology, psychology, social work, biostatistics, epidemiology, economics, policy, management, medicine, nursing, public health or health services research are especially encouraged to apply.

The student is the Principal Investigator and the institution is the applicant/grantee.  In accordance with the Appropriations Act Ban, the doctoral student must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or an individual who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card) at the time of application.  To be eligible, given the goals of the program, the dissertation must be a major part of the training program and be in an area of interest to SAMHSA with demonstrated relevance to the issues pertaining to substance abuse services in the United States. Requirements for the doctoral degree, other than the dissertation and any other contemporaneous requirements, must be completed before the funds provided can be spent. Confirmation that all requirements other than the dissertation have been completed and notification that the dissertation proposal has been accepted must be made in writing by the chairperson of the committee and submitted before initiation of the grant.  SAMHSA will make the final determination of eligibility for support.  Restrictions on eligibility are based on the program's goals and the desire to assure a successful outcome for the student.

Additional Information

It is expected that up to $150,000 will be available to fund up to five awards per year.  Awards are expected to be $20,000 to $30,000 per year in total costs (direct and indirect).  Applicants may request a project period of up to 2 years.

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $30,000 in any year of the proposed project.  Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, grantee progress in meeting project goals and objectives, and timely submission of required data and reports.


For questions on program issues, contact:

Sarah Q. Duffy, Ph.D., Senior Economist

Government Project Officer, SAMHSA Dissertation Grants

Office of Applied Studies

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

1 Choke Cherry Road , Rm. 7-1044 

Rockville , MD 20857



For questions on grants management  issues, contact:

Kimberly Pendleton

SAMHSA/Division of Grants Management

1 Choke Cherry Road , Rm. 7-1097

Rockville , MD 20857

(240) 276-1421


Program Announcement PA 04-001 MOD (SAMHSA Dissertation Grants) has special instructions for the application process.  Please note:  

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  1.  This program does not require a Standard Grant Announcement.   Instead, you will need to download the complete Program Announcement PA 04-001:


2. The application requires specific sections of Form PHS 398 on the Grants Website for the National Institutes of Health:


3.  Other links you will need: 


4.  Note: This application does not require Forms PHS 5161 and SF-424.

5.  The formatting requirements for this application are contained in the PA.  

You do not need to adhere to this in the "Checklist for Formatting Requirements and Screenout Criteria for SAMHSA Grant Applications" posted on the SAMHSA Website.


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