Neurobiology and Behavior Chair Marcelo Wood will serve as director on a new institutional training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse: a division of National Institutes of Health (NIH). Joining Professor Wood is School of Medicine Professor Daniele Piomelli, who will serve as co-director. An NIH training grant is a special grant awarded to an educational institution in support of research training for a given number of graduate students and/or postdocs in a specified field of study. As part of the school’s education mission, faculty may take on the rigorous process of applying for training grants from the NIH to increase extramural financial support for our students.
NIH approved the new training grant, titled “Training Program in Substance Use and Use Disorders,” for 5 years with a July 1, 2020 start date. The grant will provide trainees with high-quality research and educational training in the field of drug abuse and addiction. It will also help offset the cost of stipends, tuition, fees and more for the trainees, in accordance with the approved NIH guidelines and support levels.
“We are delighted that the National Institute on Drug Abuse has recognized the commitment to training and unique research opportunities available to the graduate students here by supporting this new Training Program,” said Professor Wood. “The addiction research community here is rapidly developing a more significant national and international reputation and receiving this training grant highlights that growth. We are also grateful for the support from the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Medicine, the Office of Research, and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior that allowed us to be competitive for this grant as well.”