National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative Mentor-Facilitated Training Award

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Application Deadline:
November 30, 2023

Notification of Award:
December 29, 2023

Mandatory Award Orientation:
January 24, 2024

Funding Period:
January 5 – December 30, 2024

ACMT is proud to partner with NIDA on this opportunity for fellows and residents
$10,000 Mentor Facilitated Training Award

The Mentor-Facilitated Training (MFT) award aims to support the development of dedicated, qualified clinicians and champions who wish to develop expertise in substance use disorder (SUD) education through a one-year sponsored project and mentorship. Projects are developed to disseminate existing research on SUD screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, or management.

The goals of the award are: 1) to promote the dissemination of SUD research findings, thereby improving knowledge and ultimately the utilization of evidence-based SUD treatment among health care providers, 2) and to facilitate the professional growth and development of future clinician leaders in SUD management.

The budget consists of up to $10,000 for the awardee stipend and $2,000 for the mentor stipend. Funds may also be used for educational and resource materials/courses and travel to ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting and the NIDA CTN Annual Steering Committee Meeting.

This award cannot be used to conduct basic or clinical research studies or trials. Secondary data analysis of treatment research datasets may be completed in pursuit of award goals, provided the project proposed is eligible for Institutional Review Board (IRB) exemption and displays merit to impact on or increase the adoption of evidence-based practices.

Congratualtions to the 2024 awardees:

Matthew Dernbach, MD
Fellow in Training
Emory University School of Medicine

Project: “Utilizing a Medical Humanities-Driven Curriculum to Teach Substance Use Disorder Content”

Anthony Spadaro, MD
Fellow in Training
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Project: “Demystifying Xylazine: Improving the Care of Patients by Educating Emergency Medicine Providers”

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the award is to enhance the awardee’s ability to promote dissemination and/or adopt evidence based SUD treatment practices through a mentorship project that will:

  • Engage the awardee in a one-year mentored experience that provides an opportunity to learn about key areas of SUD and SUD treatment strategies and the effective dissemination of existing research findings. The year-long experience culminates in the completion of an educational/quality improvement/dissemination project that addresses educational or knowledge gaps that the awardee identifies. Project results will be presented at the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster presentations are acceptable.
  • Foster interest in either a clinical career providing evidence-based management of SUD in medical settings or pursuing their own research interests in the field through systematic literature review, attendance at conferences and workshops, and interaction with leading experts in the field.

Awardee projects will be shared at group virtual meetings as well as at the annual NIDA CTN Steering Committee meeting. The awardee is strongly encouraged to develop a manuscript of their project for submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal after completion of the MFT year.


To be considered for the award, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The applicant may be enrolled in an approved clinical residency or a clinical fellowship training program.
  2. The applicant must be an ACMT member in good standing.
  3. Applicants must not have a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship, an NIH research award, or a NIH career development award.
  4. Previous Mentor-Facilitated Training (MFT) awardees are not eligible to receive another award.


The mentor should have experience in the dissemination and implementation of science or clinical treatment and/or research experience in the field of substance use disorders. The mentor is responsible for:

  • Providing a letter of support for the awardee, including plans for regular phone or video meetings over the course of the award year
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of the awardee’s project
  • Assisting with developing a poster and PowerPoint presentations. Awardees are encouraged to develop a project related to work done by their mentor. A mentor stipend will be provided, and more than one mentor may be proposed.
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Project Examples and Recommended Topic Areas

For the Mentor-Facilitated Training Award, NIDA and ACMT encourage clinically relevant applications with a focus on treatment of SUDs and the dissemination of research findings of evidence-based practices into clinical settings. To this end, awardees will develop and execute a plan designed to increase their own clinical knowledge of the management of SUD, especially OUD. They will then design and complete a project aimed at the dissemination of existing SUD treatment research findings.

Examples of appropriate activities and projects include but are not limited to:

  • Identify curriculum training gaps in SUD and choose research findings and/or products developed by NIDA or other professional associations that could bridge such gaps. Disseminate the identified information through a series of lectures, seminars, etc.
  • Develop materials that could be used for quality improvement or integration of an evidence-based approach or process in the management of SUD in a medical setting and conduct activities for quality improvement.
  • Analyze de-identified data from completed clinical trials such as those found on the NIDA Data Share website to inform dissemination efforts; characterize the availability of data on substance use or practice patterns; identify gaps in the provision of evidence-based practices; and identify needs for dissemination.
  • Other activities consistent with the goals of the Dissemination Initiative to accelerate the dissemination of research findings into clinical practice.

Examples of recent dissemination projects created by awardees are available on request. Please email for examples. 

Program Activities and Requirements

MFT Individual Meeting: The awardee and mentor(s) will participate in a virtual meeting to discuss the expectations of the program.

Check-In Meetings: Awardees are required to participate in three virtual group check-in meetings to discuss the progress of their dissemination projects.

Progress and Final Reports: The awardee and mentor(s) are required to submit a 6-month narrative progress report and a final narrative report at the end of the performance period. Failure to provide the report may negatively impact your institution’s ability to apply for future awards. These reports will be submitted to ACMT for subsequent submission to NIDA. If the awardee’s project is not completed at the end of the designated performance period,and appropriate approvals to continue have been granted, the final report must still be submitted as an outline of work done and projections for work/expenditures remaining.

ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting: Attendance is expected at the ACMT annual scientific meeting, where the awardees will present a poster abstract of their work following the completion of the award.

NIDA CTN Steering Committee Meeting: The awardee is expected to attend the NIDA CTN Steering Committee Meeting. Mentors are also encouraged to attend. The Coordination Office will ensure that funds from each stipend are used to support air travel and hotel accommodation. Any remaining funds will be returned to the applicant to assist with project dissemination.

Publications: Publications will acknowledge the support of NIDA and ACMT. All work supported by the NIDA CTN Mentor-Facilitated Training Award should be made available to the public and scientific community through approved scientific channels such as national meetings and peer-reviewed publications. Two reprints of each publication should be forwarded to ACMT for subsequent submission to NIDA.


All applications are to be completed online through the below link. When completing the application, select American College of Medical Toxicology on the Sponsor Affiliation drop-down.

Online Applications MUST include the following information:

Required Information
  • Project Information Section includes:
    • A Candidate Statement including expressed interest in the substance use field, of no more than two pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font).
    • A Proposal of no more than five pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font) including:
      • Project title and description that includes the following sections: specific aims/objectives, background, project rationale, project significance, project method, and an implementation and dissemination plan.
      • A detailed project timeline with tentative dates of all activities for the proposed project. Include mention of coursework or technical training.
      • Biosketches for awardee and mentor
      • Other support (consultants, other associates, if applicable)
      • A budget and budget justification containing sufficient detail so that each item can be judged separately. Computer related items (e.g., personal computers, printers, modems, etc.) are unlikely to receive budget approval. Salary support will not be provided for the mentor. No indirect costs for the institution will be provided. Typical budget items may include, but are not limited to, honoraria, travel expenses, etc.
      • Literature Cited
  • A Letter detailing Funding History (any current and previous funding).
  • A Letter of Support from the proposed mentor.
  • A Letter of Support from their current department chair (or appropriate program director).
  • A Letter of Support from a proposed co-mentor (if applicable).

Do not submit an incomplete application. An application will be considered incomplete if it is illegible, if it fails to follow instructions, or if the material presented is insufficient to permit an adequate review.


All applications will be evaluated by researchers, program managers, and clinicians with experience in disseminating findings from the field of SUD. Each application will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Qualifications of the Applicant: The applicant’s background, experiences, and qualifications.
  2. Qualifications of the Mentor: The mentor’s expertise, experience, and commitment to supporting the applicant.
  3. Merit of the Training Plan and Project: The overall quality and viability of the proposed training plan and project.
  4. Budget Adequacy: The capacity to meet the objectives outlined in the application.
  5. Institutional Support: The commitment and willingness of the applicant’s institution to provide facilities and support to complete the project as described.