Launch: Evaluation of Interventions to Address the Opioid Crisis Operating Grants

Under the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) are pleased to announce the launch of a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Evaluation of Interventions to Address the Opioid Crisis.


In Canada, the dramatic and increasing number of overdoses and deaths related to the use of opioids is a national public health crisis. This funding opportunity will support evaluation grants to rapidly assess interventions and practices that have been put in place to address the most urgent elements of the opioid crisis. Providing evidence on the efficacy of prevention (including pain management), harm reduction and treatment interventions can help healthcare and health services providers make informed decisions on practice, thereby helping to reduce the problematic use of opioids.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support the evaluation of promising health interventions and practices that have been implemented municipally, provincially and/or nationally to address the opioid crisis relevant to one or more of the four pillars of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS):

  • Prevention: Preventing problematic drug and substance use.*
  • Treatment: Supporting innovative approaches to treatment and rehabilitation of problematic drug and substance use.
  • Harm reduction:  Supporting measures that reduce the negative consequences of drug and substance use.
  • Enforcement: Addressing illicit drug production, supply and distribution of drugs and substances.

To address the pressing intervention-related evidence needs of knowledge users and increase the application of knowledge in health care and/or health services policy and practice, this funding opportunity requires that at least one participant must be a Knowledge User that is involved in the intervention being evaluated.

*Note: for the purposes of this funding opportunity pain management will be considered as an element of the prevention pillar.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $ 1,500,000, enough to fund approximately 15 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $ 100,000 per year for up to 1 year.

Of this $ 1,500,000:

  • $ 500,000 is available to fund applications relevant to non-pharmacological interventions for pain management

Contact information

CIHR Contact Centre at 613-954-1968 or

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