A key to successful research training is identifying a first high-quality research project that is scientifically innovative, important, challenging, and feasible based on the scholars’ knowledge, abilities, and available resources. Scholars will complete an independent research pilot project related to drug abuse and addictions research. The program provides participants with pilot funds to conduct formative research that is expected to lead to larger grant proposals and provide data for the preliminary studies section of these proposals. Scholars may propose quantitative or qualitative studies that will clarify their conceptual models, identify key variables, and clarify feasibility issues. Funding levels will be up to $25,000 per study and for a period of one year.