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SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $5 million for the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery (Short Title: National Center-TFR) grant program totaling up to $5 million over the next five years.

The purpose of this program is to establish a national center with specialized subject matter expertise to provide training and technical assistance to states, local governments, tribal communities, behavioral health organizations, primary care providers, clinicians, peers, families, and other stakeholders to help reduce tobacco use among persons with behavioral health disorders, with an emphasis on individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.  The expectation is that the National Center-TFR will build upon and expand SAMHSA’s efforts to increase awareness, disseminate current research, educate behavioral health providers, and create results-oriented collaborations among stakeholder organizations in an effort to reduce tobacco use among individuals with behavioral health disorders.

SAMHSA expects to fund one grantee with up to $1 million per year for up to five years.  The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds. The funding opportunity announcement for this grant is available at:


Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.  For example:

  • Public or private universities and colleges.
  • Behavioral health care organizations.
  • National stakeholder organizations.

[See Section III-1 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for complete eligibility information.]

HOW TO APPLY: All applicants must register with the National Institutes of Health’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons in order to submit an application.  This process takes up to six weeks.  If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately.  Do not wait to start this process.  If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadline, the application will not be accepted. Applicants also must register with the System for Award Management at and

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  June 1, 2018 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).  Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Carlton Speight at (240) 276-1949 or For questions on grants management issues contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes.

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