Request for Applications for National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Justice Community Opioid Translational Center: JCOIN Scholar and JCOIN Investigator Tracks


On behalf of National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Justice Community Opioid Intervention Network (JCOIN) Coordinating and Translational Center, we are inviting you or other interested colleagues to submit applications for capacity building research education programs to be launched on March 31 and April 1, 2020 in advance of the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in Raleigh, NC. 

We are planning two tracks of research education on March 31-April 1, the JCOIN Scholar Track and the JCOIN Investigator Track. These programs are described here: The Investigator Track is designed for individuals interested in a career as an independent investigator and will focus on a project to be designed and carried out over the next two years with some funding available via a competitive application.  This track will emphasize research proposal writing, grant management, mentorship and advanced research skills needed to be successful in criminal justice settings. The Scholar Track will support clinicians, criminologists, analysts interested in collaborating and community stakeholders on research in justice settings and will be one year in duration, focusing on the conduct of research in justice settings, formulating research questions, understanding elements of research design, ethical issues concerning research in justice settings, and collaborator roles to ground and translate the conduct of research in justice settings. Detailed curricular plans and agenda will be forthcoming in the next month.

 Funding is available to support attendance at these research meetings as well as the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health which follows on April 2 and 3, 2020.

 Applications for both tracks are now open and the deadline for the receipt of applications is Wednesday, December 11, 2019.


Investigator Application:

Scholar Application:


Applications will be competitive. For 2020, we anticipate accepting 5 investigator track participants and 10 scholar participants. Application opportunities will be offered annually. Following this pilot year, the number of accepted participants will increase.

We are very excited about developing these resources and please ask you to pass along this email to colleagues and constituents whom you believe would value these opportunities. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us:


Warren J. Ferguson, MD  University of Massachusetts Medical School

Danielle S. Rudes, PhD  George Mason University

Capacity Building Education Co-Directors, JCOIN Coordinating and Translation Center