October 26, 2015


SUBJECT:   UC San Diego Institute for Public Health - Applications for 2016 Pilot Project Grants

The UC San Diego Institute for Public Health (IPH), launched in January 2015, supports cutting edge transdisciplinary public health research across UC San Diego aimed at improving the health of populations locally, nationally, and globally.

The IPH is pleased to announce the availability of Pilot Project Grants for 2016. These are one-year awards to UC San Diego faculty to provide funding for early stage projects. Based upon recommendations of faculty advising the IPH, three focus areas of research and project areas of special interest have been identified:
1. Climate, environment and public health. Special interest areas are heat waves and air pollution.

2. Technology and public health. Special interest areas include developing a use case for technology (e.g., on diabetes), low cost sensors for data collection, and wearables for prevention.

3. Lifestyle and public health. Special interest areas are pediatric and adult obesity, physical activity and sedentariness.

The IPH solicits applications from all UC San Diego faculty, particularly from those faculty already participating in the working groups established in these three focus areas.

The IPH anticipates making up to three awards for approximately $30,000/each.

Proposals from faculty that also include a graduate or post-doctoral student researcher are encouraged, and an additional $5,000 can be budgeted for their support.

In collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (, proposals in focus areas #2 and #3 that include Assistant or Associate level faculty can budget an additional $5,000 total for their support.

First Stage Applications:
1. 500-word abstract that will be scored. Include the project title and team members. The abstract should include a) the research question, b) its relevance to public health, and c) proposed methodologies.
2. NIH biographical sketches with other support with yearly direct costs for the primary research team members.

Application Deadline, Notices of Awards, and Anticipated Funding Cycle
First Stage, 500-word abstract: Deadline December 1, 2015; 5:00 pm
Second Stage by invitation only: Notice of invitation to submit approximately December 21st, 2015
Second Stage Application, a 4-page proposal: Deadline: January 20, 2016; 5:00pm
Notice of Awards: Approximately February 15, 2016
Funding Cycle: March 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

For questions regarding the IPH Pilot Project Grant Applications, please contact Paul J Mills,

Submit First Stage proposals as a single PDF to Victoria Saddler,

Bess H. Marcus, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Family Medicine and
Public Health Senior Associate Dean
for Public Health UC San Diego
Health and School of Medicine