The NIDA International Program

In recent years NIDA, through its International Program, has made extensive efforts to encourage the development of high-quality research in centres outside the United States, including both institutions and regions with a strong existing research tradition and those where research is at earlier developmental stages. The Program supports this website and these pages constitute an unofficial overview of its aims and the activities that it undertakes. The content has been abstracted from the website of the Program.


1. Introduction
2. The NIDA International Forum
3. Collaborations, research partnerships and funding


1. Introduction

The NIDA international program coordinates the Institutes collaborative activities with scientists in other countries, with government agencies in other countries, and with international organizations. The director of the program is Steven W. Gust, Ph.D. On this page there is a summary of the information that may be obtained from the web site of the program at http://international.drugabuse.gov

The program may be contacted at:
International Program
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Blvd.,
Room 5274
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Phone: +1-301-443-6480
Fax: +1-301-594-5687
ip@nida.nih.gov


The NIDA International Program aims to foster international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by drug abuse researchers around the globe. NIDA's international objectives include:

- Promoting international research activities
- Supporting research training and exchange opportunities globally
- Communicating and disseminating science-based information on drug abuse
- Supporting international research collaboration.


2. The NIDA International Forum

Every year the NIDA International Forum is organized to take place in association with the annual scientific meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, USA. These meetings typically take place in June, at locations varying from year to year.

The Forum normally features a research symposium, interactive workshops, a poster session, and network-building activities highlighting NIDA-supported and other international research on drug abuse. This unique scientific meeting allows participants to network with talented colleagues, learn about drug abuse research and policy issues in other countries, and discuss NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations.

Participants must register and may submit abstracts of intended poster presentations. Full details may be seen in the meeting announcements that are available at http://international.drugabuse.gov/meetings.html
together with an online registration form. A limited number of travel awards may be available to participants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the NIDA International Research Poster Session. This awards provide partial support to cover the registration, transportation, and lodging costs associated with the NIDA
International Forum and the CPDD meeting.

The NIDA International Program produces an electronic Newsletter. To subscribe, go to http://international.drugabuse.gov/newsletter.html

The E-Newsletter replaces the NIDA INVEST Letter. and it is issued every other month to inform the international drug abuse research community about:

- What's New
- Funding Opportunities
- The Research Training and Exchange Program
- Current and Future Meetings
- Public Announcements from NIDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

3. Collaborations, research partnerships and funding

The aim is to foster collaborative and/or research opportunities between U.S. researchers and researchers outside the U.S. through Fellowships and scientific exchange programs.

NIDA awarded nearly $1.5 million for research through its 2004 Administrative Supplement Program to support international collaborative research on drug abuse (NOT-DA-04-004). The International Supplements were awarded to 16 binational research teams that paired scientists from 10 nations with NIDA grantees whose parent grants were funded by three Institute divisions. NIDA and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) co-funded two additional awards through the U.S. - Japan Brain Research Collaborative Program. There are many mechanisms through which appropriate researchers can obtain support from NIDA including:

If you are looking for a research partner/collaborator or research opportunities, you may enter your information on the form provided by NIDA at http://international.drugabuse.gov/collaboration.html. Once reviewed by NIDA, the information will be added to the list of NIDA International Program Collaboration Opportunities and Research Partnerships (CORP).

Recipients of INVEST Research Fellowships receive training in drug abuse research methods and participates in professional development activities.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to study and work with Fellow professionals in the United States and enables recipients to enhance their work by contributing to their understanding of the scientific basis of drug abuse and addiction.

The exchange schemes include Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Awards through which NIDA seeks to enhance international collaborative research on drug abuse and drug-related consequences. These schemes support professional exchange visits for drug abuse researchers from other countries and NIDA-supported scientists.

There is a summary of funding mechanisms available in English and Spanish at http://international.drugabuse.gov/funding.html

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