Growing Great Ideas

Beginning in 2017, NIDA issued the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), “Growing Great Ideas: Research Education Course in Product Development and Entrepreneurship for Life Science Researchers.”  The FOA, issued under the NIH Research Education program (R25), supports creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

  • Courses for skills development
  • Curriculum or methods development

The FOA seeks applications to develop a customized curriculum and implement education programs/short courses in biomedical entrepreneurship, innovation, and biomedical product development, specifically targeting scientists working in the field of addiction research. The institution proposing the course must be an institution that has an established and well-recognized entrepreneurship teaching program with demonstrated ability and passion to adapt/develop and deliver an integrated curriculum for academic life scientists.

In 2017, NIDA awarded the first grant to Yale’s Entrepreneurial Institute. Yale used the funding to develop, “Innovation to Impact,” a customized curriculum in biomedical entrepreneurship, innovation, and biomedical product development for addiction research scientists.

In early 2021, NIDA reissued the RFA (RFA-DA-22-020) and will select an awardee in July 2022.