What is the NIH HEAL Initiative?

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HEAL. NIH - Helping to End Addiction Long-term

What is the NIH HEAL Initiative?

The Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM, is an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Almost every NIH Institute and Center is accelerating research to address this public health emergency from all angles.

The initiative is funding hundreds of projects nationwide. Researchers are taking a variety of approaches to tackle the opioid epidemic through:

  • Understanding, managing, and treating pain
  • Improving treatment for opioid misuse and addiction
Learn about the initiative

Latest Research Spotlight

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Latest Research Spotlight

ACTing Now to Help Infants Across America

Testing new approaches to treat babies born in opioid withdrawal

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Research Priorities

In 2018, NIH, in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, identified a set of research priorities reflecting urgent unmet needs across the lifespan, areas of promising scientific opportunity, and concrete strategies capable of providing rapid and durable solutions to the opioid crisis.

Through evidence-based scientific research, the NIH HEAL Initiative will provide lasting, scientific solutions to the opioid crisis.

Funded Research Focus Areas

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Funded Research Focus Areas

Through the initiative, NIH supports research to enhance pain management and improve treatment for opioid misuse and addiction. The initiative includes research focus areas led by 12 NIH ICs supporting hundreds of projects that reflect the full spectrum of research from basic science to implementation research.

Find information on funding for the initiative