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Addiction Science Award

Resources to Stimulate Ideas for Your Science Fair Project

There are plenty of resources available to help you prepare a science fair project that will add to our knowldge about addiction science.

Past Topics from the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

The science of addiction involves a broad range of disciplines: from basic science to clinical experiments to behavioral health. Here are some examples of past entries for the annual ISEF, where the Addiction Science Awards are given.

See past winners

All winners(L-R): 2019 Addiction Science Award Winners Nikita Rohila (3rd place), Aditya Tummala (1st place), Sid Thakker (2nd place).
  • The Effect of Gender on Physician and Pharmacist Attitude Toward Pain and the Use of Narcotic Analgesics
  • Does the Brain Compute Mathematical Risk? The Influence of Risk and Reward on the Economic Behavior of Humans
  • Pher or UnPher? Pheromone Influence on Human Preference and the Effect of Cigarette Smoking
  • Effects of Playing Different Video Game Genres on Geometric, Spatial and Verbal Reasoning Skills of Adolescents
  • Who's in Charge? The Effect of Subliminal Messages on the Human Mind
  • Adolescent Tanning as Dependent Behavior
  • Psycho-social Effects Caused by Paternal Absence on Children 7-11 Years Old with Solution by Means of Exercises that Stimulate Dialogue
  • Personality and Success in Education
  • Attitudes, Exercise and Stress: A Longitudinal Study of Dental Students, Year Three
  • A Study of Executive Functions and Academic Ability in Teenagers
  • Red Bull Gives You Wings
  • Making the Transition: Predicting High School Success
  • Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Inflammatory and Antimicrobial Activities of Phagocytes Against Periodontal Pathogens
  • Gene Expression Changes in Parkinson's Disease: Genes Mediating alpha-synuclein Toxicity in a Drosophila melanogaster Model
  • Role of Estrogen Receptor Beta (ERbeta) on Opioids and Opioid-Related Peptides in the Rodent Dorsal Hippocampal Formation
  • Dendrimer-based Nanodevices for Drug Delivery Across the Blood Brain Barrier

For More Ideas: NIDA Websites

NIDA's websites are filled with science-based information on drugs and drug use. Some suggested pages that will stimulate science fair ideas are:

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NIDA for Teens

NIDA for Teens is a site for and about teens to help them learn about the effects of drug use on their brains, bodies, and lives.

NIDA Research Divisions

These divisions represent areas of research that NIDA supports to advance the understanding of addiction.

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Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research

Supports scientific research to improve public health by understanding and addressing the interactions between people and environments that contribute to drug use, addiction, and related problems. This division's goal is to develop scientific knowledge that will be used to improve prevention and treatment approaches.


Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

Supports basic and clinical research on the on the causes of addiction, the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and body, and the transition from drug abuse to addiction, particularly how drugs of abuse affect the structure and function of the brain; the relationships between developmental, social, and physical environmental factors in drug abuse and addiction; and behavioral approaches to treat addiction. This division's goal is to understand the complexities of human development, cognition (thought), and behavior that underlie the addictive process to improve resilience to drug abuse and prevent or counter addiction.


Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse

Supports research on the development of new or improved medications for treating addiction and its health consequences, including HIV.


Center for Clinical Trials Network

Manages NIDA's multi-site research project testing behavioral, pharmacological, and integrated treatment interventions for addiction in a broad range of community-based treatment settings with diversified patient populations. Its primary goal is to bridge the gap between the science of drug treatment and its practice in real-world settings.


AIDS Research Program

Supports research that addresses the current and unique dimensions of drug use and abuse as they relate to HIV/AIDS, including the role of drug use and its related behaviors in the evolving dynamics of HIV/AIDS epidemiology, natural history/pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention.

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Intramural Research Program

Performs cutting edge research to elucidate the nature of the addictive process; to determine the potential use of new therapies for substance abuse, both pharmacological and psychosocial; and to decipher the long-term consequences of drugs of abuse on brain development, maturation, function, and structure, and on other organ systems.

Youth Statistics

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NIDA DrugFacts: High School and Youth Trends

High school and youth trends for drug use and addiction, as presented in the annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Other NIH Institutes

NIDA is just one National Institutes of Health (NIH) component that studies the brain. NIH is home to one of the largest neuroscience research centers in the world. Over 150 laboratories, originating from eleven different Institutes, conduct research in the basic, translational, and clinical neurosciences. The specific areas of neuroscience research represented within this site range over a broad spectrum within the biological sciences including:

  • biophysics
  • molecular and cellular neurobiology
  • synapses and circuits
  • neuronal development
  • integrative neuroscience
  • brain imaging
  • neurological and psychiatric disorders.

By helping us to better understand the inner workings of the brain, many of these areas of research can be applied to addiction science. For more information on these various areas of science visit the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research or Neuroscience@NIH.

For Science Teachers

Find free science-based classroom activities and lessons.


Lesson Plan and Activity Finder

More than 100 FREE classroom lessons and multimedia activities on the effects of drugs and drug use on teens' brains, bodies, and lives.


The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Interactive Curriculum for Teachers and Students Grades 9 through 12 


NIDA Education Packets with Graphic Visuals

Five all-inclusive teaching packets.