The mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is to promote, direct and support biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The Institute supports its agenda by awarding research grants, contracts and training grants to colleges and universities nationwide. Important to the mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is research designed to identify racial and ethnic disparities in the causes and consequences of alcohol-use disorders and to develop treatment and prevention strategies to ameliorate them.
The NIAAA special emphasis areas and proposed research initiatives plans comprise an overall strategy designed to make progress towards NIAAA’s vision for our future. The goal is a greater understanding of the biological, cultural, environmental, and ethnic factors that contribute to differences among populations in alcohol-related problems. An NIAAA priority is to devise effective methods for preventing and treating alcohol abuse and dependence as well as the alcohol-related consequences in high-risk individuals. Through this understanding, we will devise more effective prevention and treatment approaches that address ethnic and racial disparities in alcohol-related problems so that these disparities will no longer exist.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is committed to improving the quality and quantity of alcohol research studying all populations. However, NIAAA recognizes that a deeper understanding of the issues that surround underserved populations is paramount in conducting effective research and aims to increase the representation of these populations in the biomedical research workforce through outreach, education and other programs that support opportunities for underrepresented populations. NIAAA concurs with the NIH leadership that the best science depends on a diverse pool of highly talented scientists from diverse backgrounds and aims to help the NIH ensure that the nation remains a global leader in the scientific discovery and innovation.