October 25, 2016


SUBJECT:      UC San Diego Institute for Public Health - Applications for 2017 Pilot Project Grants

The UC San Diego 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 2017. These are one-year competitive awards to UC San Diego faculty to provide funding for early stage projects on topics relevant to public health.

Pilot Grant applications will be accepted that fall into these IPH focus areas of research:

1. Climate, environment and public health
2. Technology and public health
3. Lifestyle and public health

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

Funding priority will be given to junior faculty members.

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

IPH Funding Partners

Proposals relevant to the topic of healthy aging are eligible to budget an additional $5,000 through a partnership with the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, Stein Institute for Research on Aging.

For microbiome-relevant proposals, in-kind support for DNA sequencing and metabolomics is available through a partnership with the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) Seed Grant Program. This program will take your samples and generate shotgun metagenomic and untargeted metabolomic data at no cost, with typical project sizes in the range of a few hundred samples. CMI seed grant support, if requested, will require additional review for technical feasibility by members of the CMI leadership team.

Proposals will be evaluated and ranked for merit in terms of:

1. Feasibility
2. Relevance to focus areas
3. Approach research design and methodology
4. New or expanded collaborations
5. Transdisciplinary nature

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 the focus area(s), and c) proposed methodologies, d) the research team.

2. NIH biographical sketches with other support with yearly direct costs for the primary research team members.

Application Deadlines, Notices of Awards, and Anticipated Funding Cycle

First Stage Application: 500-word abstract and biographical sketches: Deadline 5:00pm December 2, 2016 Notice of invitation to submit a Second Stage Application: Approximately December 22, 2016 Second Stage Application: A 4-page proposal (details forthcoming to invited First Stage applications): Deadline 5:00pm January 23, 2017 Notice of Awards: Approximately February 17, 2017 Funding Cycle: March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018.

Submit First Stage Applications as a single PDF to Victoria Saddler, by 5:00pm, December 2, 2016.

For questions regarding this RFA, contact:

Paul J. Mills, Assistant Director
Pilot Grants Program
UCSD Institute for Public Health

Michael Pratt, MD, MPH (MP)
Director, UCSD Institute for Public Health
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and
Public Health