Indiana University’s Addiction Grand Challenge

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

By Mark Powell


How Colleges are Fighting the Addiction Crisis


Talk about addiction and the conversation tends to focus on reaching people who’re misusing drugs, on getting them in treatment, or supporting their recovery. Each component is important. But other efforts are actively going on behind the scenes. It is essential to understanding what works, in which setting and for whom. You don’t hear much about it. Yet it’s playing a significant role in combating the problem.

It’s research.


The Addictions Grand Challenge at Indiana University is the largest and most comprehensive, university-led response to the opioid addiction crisis. IU has dedicated $50 million to projects focused on improving the quality of life for the people of Indiana, easing the burden of addiction on Hoosier communities and improving health and economic outcomes.


“By making more strategic use of resources, focusing on critical issues facing the state, and working closely with key partners, we hope to achieve a greater impact in Indiana and around the world,” says Fred Cate, IU’s Vice President for Research.


Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative was launched in 2017 and is one of three grand challenges at IU. (Precision Health and environmental change are also part of the Grand Challenges program).