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FORE Announces a Request for Proposals Focused on Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

June 14, 2024

Today, FORE released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Opioid Crisis Innovation Challenge 2024.

The announcement marks an expansion of FORE’s Innovation Program, which was launched in 2022 to support projects that combine strategies from diverse fields and engage multidisciplinary teams in tackling some of the most intractable problems associated with the nation’s opioid-related addiction and poisoning crisis.

The first cohort of projects focused on two distinct challenges: 1) reducing stigma against people with opioid use disorder by educating community members, leaders, and healthcare providers, and 2) ensuring government agencies and the public have access to timely and actionable data about the opioid crisis.

This opportunity seeks to generate new ideas and potential solutions to other significant problems that were identified in discussions with experts in the field as impediments to addressing the nation’s opioid and overdose crisis. They include:

  • The lack of affordability of treatment and payment models that don’t accommodate non-addiction health care or the psychosocial services necessary to achieve successful health outcomes
  • Shortages of addiction and behavioral health professionals, including treatment providers, clinical social workers, and peer support specialists, particularly in rural and underserved communities
  • The dearth of social supports for people transitioning from treatment to long-term recovery

We welcome proposals that explore and/or evaluate “outside-the-box” ideas, bring together approaches from diverse fields, and engage cross-sector teams focused on one or more of the following:

  • Innovative Payment Models
  • Workforce Development
  • Supporting the Transition from Treatment to Recovery

More details can be found on our Grants & Funding page or by clicking on the links to the left. Applicants may apply for a grant of up to $300,000 a year for up to two years. All applications must be submitted through our grants management system by 11:59 PM EST on Aug. 8, 2024.

Due to the high interest in this funding opportunity, FORE held an informational webinar on June 27, 2024 at 3PM EST to discuss the RFP and answer your questions. View a recording here!