Innovations in Recovery through Infrastructure Support (IRIS)

IRIS is a four-year project to support the wide dissemination of effective strategies throughout the local opioid drug treatment system.

IRIS logo 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. 

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



We aim to fuel innovation and provide resources to develop infrastructure so evidence-based and emerging practices can be implemented widely.  

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 a strong and collaborative partnership between academics and community providers, where research informs practice and practice informs research – where together we build sustainable resources for successful recovery.          


  • Training and Technical Assistance – Through workshops, webinars, and consultation, we will build capacity around topics such as measuring what matters, community-based 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 are closed. The outreach for the next funding cycle will begin January 2022. 
  • IRIS Learning Collaborative Conference – When it is safe to do so, we will hold an in-person convening to continue assessing needs and strategies to address them

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