In principle, ICUDDR offers institutional rather than individual membership, and members represent their universities, colleges, and other academic and research institutions. University and college education providers serve a crucial function in preparing, providing, and/or offering graduate and postgraduate study programs specifically focused on transferring and adapting science-based knowledge of the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

ICUDDR is a global consortium of universities which offer graduate and postgraduate study programs specifically focusing on the transfer and adaptation of sciencebased knowledge regarding the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The Consortium provides a collaborative forum to support and share curricula and experiences in the teaching and training of this knowledge as well as to promote and encourage the recruitment of persons interested in the research, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and public health. The ICUDDR provides an opportunity for universities and institutions of higher learning to share their expertise as well as to support instructors/faculty, trainers,  and students in their learning and adoption of the science of substance use disorders.