NIDA REI: Training a Diverse Data Science Workforce for Addiction Research

Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-DA-24-025


Deadlines: December 24, 2023 and January 24, 2024



The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences.

The NOFO seeks applications to train a diverse data science workforce in the drug addiction research field. To accomplish this over-arching goal, this NOFO will support educational activities with a primary focus on:

    • Courses for Skills Development: Providing innovative, state-of-the-art, evidence-based education that intends to train a diverse data science workforce to accelerate the pace of biomedical and socio-behavioral innovation in drug addiction research. Examples of data science topics for R25 training programs include, but are not limited to: computational analytical methods, such as AI/ML, systems modeling, and natural language processing, analysis and linking of big data, and understanding and applying Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) Guiding Principles.
    • Research Experiences: Activities include hands-on exposure and research experiences for undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early-stage investigators. The nature of research experiences should be tailored to the needs and career level of participants. It is expected that mentoring will be provided in conjunction with planned research experiences. Research experiences must also be designed to address some area of NIDA’s extramurally supported research and must include a hypothesis driven research project. Programs are also expected to include complementary activities that support the participants’ scientific development, such as scientific writing and presentation skills and training in rigor and reproducibility. Programs should consider the needs of the intended participants and the likelihood of improving their knowledge and/or skills when designing the research program. Programs should have clear goals and objectives, including the educational level of the audience to be reached, the content to be conveyed, and the intended outcome(s).

For more information, please see the funding announcement website.