Innovations in Recovery through Infrastructure Support (IRIS) is a National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse funded initiative led by Principal Investigators, Drs. Jay Unick and Michelle Tuten from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work. 

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IRIS is a four-year (2020-2024) NIH funded project which builds recovery research infrastructure through strong academic-community partnerships so that innovative, emerging and evidence-based practices can be developed and disseminated widely throughout the opioid drug treatment system.

IRIS is one of five substance use projects funded at the same time by NIDA, a group which connected to form The Consortium on Addiction Recovery Science.

The IRIS Leadership Committee and the broader IRIS network are made up of partners in engaged in research, policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, clinical work, and other forms of service provision. 

IRIS Values & Commitments

We believe in person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches that uplift the role of peer support.

We believe that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an effective practice that should be expanded. 

We are committed to strong and collaborative academic-community partnerships where research informs practice and practice informs research – where together we build sustainable resources for successful recovery.    

Core Activities

  • Training and Technical Assistance – Through workshops, webinars, consultation, and a research fellowship, we will build capacity around topics such as measuring what matters, community-engaged research, and post-treatment outcome evaluation 

  • Data Infrastructure and Research Capacity Building – We are committed to developing providers’ ability to collect and store data safely, and in a way which allows us to jointly develop standardized and proven treatments        

  • Vouchers and Pilot Projects  – To ensure providers have resources they need to achieve IRIS’s intended outcomes, we will offer financial support to build needed infrastructure, implement proven practices and test emerging strategies Our Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2021 cycle is closed. The outreach for the next funding cycle will begin January 2022

  • IRIS Learning Collaborative Conference  – During year four, our network will gather to present findings from IRIS internal research and external pilot projects, and discuss plans for sustaining this important work