RIZE Massachusetts issues grants designed to target the epidemic of opioid overdose and addiction spanning prevention to treatment to long-term recovery. One of our top priorities is to measure the outcomes and effectiveness of our funding and to work with public and private insurers as they consider the impact of the most promising initiatives. Sustainability of the programs we fund is essential and a key factor in our selection criteria.
RIZE’s vision is that our funding will lead to meaningful and positive results in addressing not just the immediate crisis of opioid overdose death but will also improve alignment among the overall health care and insurance systems, and evidence-based addiction treatment practices.
We use the following process to develop our grants and program-related contracts. The process depends on the complexity of the project, available funding, and sequencing with our other program investments.
- Direct solicitation: When we know that an organization is well-suited to perform the work, we will directly solicit a concept memo or proposal.
- Discussion: In some cases, we will invite organizations to discuss an idea with us and explore their interest and capacity to undertake the work. If the organization has the expertise, capacity, and interest, we may invite them to submit a concept memo or proposal.
- Request for proposal (RFP): When we want to broaden our network or fund multiple organizations for a project, we will issue an RFP. Public RFPs are posted on our website and distributed to our email list; private RFPs are directed to specific organizations.
- Policy and convening: Depending on the subject, we will use one of the models above to seek policy-relevant research ranging from landscape analyses to more formal studies. This research will often be presented via a forum or convening.