Developing Medical Devices to Treat Pain (HEAL)

NIBIB’s role in the NIH HEAL Initiative

NIBIB is playing a major role in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) 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.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

HEAL INITIATIVE: Development of Therapies and Technologies Directed at Enhanced Pain Management (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Required)
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Three webinars were held on December 2018 that introduced the audience to the funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), all seeking to develop medical devices to treat pain.  These FOAs support different degrees of technological maturity.  All focus on approaches that target the nervous system to provide the therapeutic, rehabilitative, or diagnostic capability.  

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Program Contacts

Michael Wolfson, Ph.D., Program Director, NIBIB

Nick Langhals, Ph.D., Program Director, NINDS

Kari Ashmont, Ph.D., Scientific Project Manager, NINDS

Eric Hudak, Ph.D., Scientific Project Manager, NINDS​​​​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Developing Medical Devices to Treat Pain research program.

Related News

May 18, 2020
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin (UW) are adapting a minimally invasive, safer approach to electrically treat pain directly at the source as part of the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative.
September 26, 2019
Collage of images of people doing yoga, nurses, a fireman and others with the HEAL logo on top.
To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative.