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Request for Proposals (Local Government Partnership Required)

Open Opportunity

The Collaboratory is requesting proposals from constituent institutions of the UNC System that can provide local governments or their subrecipients in North Carolina with research and evaluation support to enhance the effectiveness of opioid remediation activities as authorized by the North Carolina Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that governs the use of national opioid settlement funds.

The program is supported by a $2.4 million appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly. Research and evaluation projects may request up to $200,000 for 12 months. A single award of up to $200,000 for 18 months will be made to a coordinating center that will support all awarded research and evaluation projects.

Application Package

Priority Areas

Priority will be given to proposals that aim to:

  • Support local government or subrecipient efforts related to Exhibit A or B strategies of the MOA.
  • Align with the work of the Community Opioid Resources Engine (CORE-NC).
  • Advance data-driven solutions that positively impact policy and practice.
  • Uplift partners from communities and governments as experts and key contributors throughout the research process, from formation of research questions and study design to data analysis and interpretation.
  • Promote engagement with rural communities, persons with lived experience and those impacted by substance misuse or substance use disorder, persons being released from incarceration, or underrepresented or underserved groups impacted by the opioid crisis and associated health disparities.
  • Build long-term partnerships that can be sustained beyond the award period.
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Earliest project start date: November 1, 2024
  • Anticipated project duration: 12-18 months (depending on application type)
  • Maximum funding request: Up to $200,000 direct costs
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications will only be accepted from constituent institutions of the UNC System.
Is this a limited submission opportunity?
No, there are no limitations on the number of applications that may be submitted from any eligible institution.
Are indirect costs allowed?
No. As set forth in NCGS 116-255(c)(2), requests for indirect (F&A) costs are not permitted. If written documentation is required for this indirect cost restriction, please email
Is an Authorized Organizational Representative signature required for submission?
For UNC-Chapel Hill proposals only, an Authorized Organizational Representative signature is not mandatory – a department-level signature is sufficient. Non-UNC-Chapel Hill applicants should follow their institution’s policies and procedures for signature requirements.
Are partnerships with entities that have not yet become subrecipients to local governments allowed?
Yes. Type 1 proposals may include partnerships with potential subrecipients that have not yet received (but could receive in future) opioid settlement funds via an agreement with a local government in North Carolina. Applicants should clearly describe:

  1. how this project and partnership with a potential subrecipient would address the purpose of this funding opportunity and
  2. the relationship between this partner and the local government to demonstrate why this partner is a potential candidate for receiving opioid settlement funds.