Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts: Opioid Crisis Innovation Challenge 2024

The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) aims to convene and support partners advancing patient-centered, innovative, evidence-based solutions impacting people experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD), their families, and their communities.

FORE has released a request for proposals for its Opioid Crisis Innovation Challenge 2024, through which the organization will provide grant support for specific projects that bring an innovative approach to long-standing and complex issues related to all aspects of stemming the tide of the nation’s opioid crisis. The RFP targets projects that can explore and/or evaluate new “outside- the-box” ideas, bring together approaches from several diverse fields, and engage multi- disciplinary, cross-sector teams to solve some of the crisis’ most intractable problems. Currently, this opportunity will focus on projects in the following three areas which, based on discussions with experts in the field, are widely recognized challenges to adequately address the opioid and overdose crisis with few examples of how to approach differently to accelerate improvements in reducing overdoses, increase access to treatment, and support long-term recovery: innovative payment models, workforce development, and transitioning from treatment to recovery.

FORE prioritizes work that incorporates a focus on patient-centered solutions and on health equity, and that reaches diverse high-risk populations, including adolescents and older populations, pregnant, parenting and postpartum people, and those with justice involvement. FORE also assesses projects within a framework of meeting one or more of its overarching objectives of supporting: policy initiatives, professional education, payer and provider strategies, and public awareness.

Proposed projects should be able to contribute to long-lasting improvements in patient care and/or other aspects of the national opioid and overdose crisis. Competitive applications will demonstrate clear, immediate needs, as well as the potential to inform short-term improvements as well as longer-term, broader impact, sustainability, and scalability. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to and support for the proposed project from their organizational leadership. Applicants may apply for a grant of up to $300,000 a year for up to two years.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S.-based public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or nonprofit, tax-exempt universities. The foundation will also consider grant requests from state, local, and Native American tribal government units or agencies for specific charitable projects.