Trans-NIH Pain and Opioid Initiatives

OBSSR is playing a significant role in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term℠) Initiative, a trans-agency effort focused on improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction, and enhancing pain management. Launched in April 2018 with funding from Congress, the HEAL Initiative, brings new hope for people, families, and communities affected by the national opioid public health crisis. Learn more about the NIH HEAL Funding Opportunity Announcements.

To facilitate the integration of social and behavioral sciences in HEAL and other trans-NIH pain and opioid initiatives, OBSSR created the NIH Strategic Planning Committee on Contributions of Social and Behavioral Research in Addressing the Opioid Crisis (CSBR-AOC). The CSBR-AOC was a trans-NIH committee charged with identifying resources, goals, potential areas for further development, activities and other strategies to identify opportunities for the behavioral and social sciences to contribute to the broader NIH mission to combat the opioid and pain crises. These include funding announcements (, meetings such as the workshop on the contributions of behavioral, social and biological factors to pain measurement (summary, executive summary, videocast day 1, videocast day 2), a fact sheet as well as other resources and activities. Learn more about the activities of the CSBR-AOC.