Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): AHRQ Announces Interest in Health Services Research to Address Substance Use Disorder Epidemic


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks health services research grant applications to advance our Nation's understanding of the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis and provide solutions for preventing, identifying, and treating SUD.

In this SEN, AHRQ is particularly interested in applications that respond to three specific areas of research in ambulatory care and primary care settings:

  1. Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based, non-pharmacological and behavioral interventions that can treat multiple substances or polysubstance use
  2. Development and testing of healthcare services interventions to address SUD (such as integrated behavioral health care) that consider the social, environmental, economic, psychological, and other contributing factors
  3. Understanding and addressing the effect of SUD on whole-person health and the development and/or management of other chronic conditions.

AHRQ is also interested in applications that discuss reducing disparities and improving access to care, quality of care, health behaviors, and patient experiences.

For information on submitting applications in response to this SEN, please refer to the original notice (SEN NOT-HS-21-010). Applicants should consider this SEN active until March 15, 2023.