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Submission process

The scientific merit of applications is determined by peer review. The Scientific Advisory Committee recommends applications for funding based on the scientific merit scores assigned by the peer reviewers, together with their judgment of the degree to which proposals are responsive to TRDRP's mission and research priorities and have potential for high impact.

Grantees are expected to account for the expenditure of grant funds and for the performance of work as agreed upon in a timely manner and to abide by TRDRP's policies regarding scientific misconduct and conflict of interest.

Letters of Intent (LOI)

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required to apply for all research awards except for Special Projects, Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award Supplements, and Student Research Supplements. The LOI must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL (with the exception of the Conference Award – in this case the Program Officer will provide potential applicants with an LOI template to be completed via email). Applicants will have access to the application template web pages if the LOI is approved, at which time applicants will receive an email notification. In order to be considered for a programmatic review, a LOI must be submitted using the template available on proposalCENTRAL (with the exception of the conference award) and must address all sections listed there-in. LOI submission instructions should be strictly followed as stated.

LOIs and proposals must be submitted using proposalCENTRAL, the program's contracted web-based application and grants management system.

For technical help with proposalCENTRAL, please email or call 800-875-2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada). ProposalCENTRAL customer support is available Mon–Fri from 8:30am-5:00pm (EST).

Research assurances

Cannabis Research Considerations If research involves marijuana, it must be conducted in compliance with all applicable regulations and policies, including but not limited to federal registration and licensing requirements administered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and applicable to research use of controlled substances.  For additional information see Cannabis Research Considerations.