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Population Health

Pilot research grants

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. In support of that vision, the initiative is pleased to announce a funding call for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for this initial round of funding are due on Friday, July 28, 2017.

These grants are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address critical components of the grand challenges the University of Washington seeks to address in population health.

The performance period for these pilot grants is one calendar year, and cost extensions will not be allowed. Another funding call is planned for winter quarter 2018.

Application guidelines

Faculty members from all three University of Washington campuses (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are encouraged to apply for population health pilot research grants.

To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across UW departments and campuses, applications will only be accepted from project teams made up of two or more principal investigators (PIs). Each PI must hold primary appointments in different and distinct academic departments.

Applications should address a component of at least one of the population health grand challenges identified by the UW. Applications must also represent a new project, innovation or research direction for each of the PIs. The proposed project should provide preliminary data or proof of concept needed to seek outside funding and support. Pilot grant applications should not be an extension of well-established, ongoing or recently funded studies or projects. Pilot grant applications should not be used to bridge funding for existing work.

All applicants must document the support of their respective department (or college/school). While not required, cost sharing is one demonstration of this commitment.

Funds will be disbursed to the department of a single designated Co-PI for day-to-day administration. Budgets must be able to accept revenue transfers.

If awarded, applicants will be required to submit a mid-project written update to the Population Health Initiative detailing their progress against their project evaluation plan. A final report detailing project accomplishments and final budget reconciliation will be due within 60 calendar days following the end of the funding period.

Timeline

  • Application Period Opens: June 21, 2017
  • Application Deadline: July 28, 2017 (11:59 p.m. Pacific)
  • Awardees Notified: late August, 2017
  • Period of Performance: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018

Review criteria

Successful pilot research grant applications should:

  • Demonstrate how the proposed interdisciplinary collaboration will address a population health grand challenge
  • Show how the proposed work will touch on at least two of the three pillars of population health (i.e., human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity)
  • Describe how the work is a new collaboration or partnership
  • Demonstrate how the work is innovative and feasible
  • Propose a framework, methods, approach, and analyses that are adequate and appropriate to the aims and time constraints of the project
  • Detail an evaluation plan that clearly describes the preliminary data or proof of concept the project team is seeking and how it will be used to pursue additional funding or concept development (i.e., the measure of a successful project)

Pilot research grant applications are encouraged, but not required, to include the following:

  • Partial or full funding match (in funds or in kind) from the Co-PIs’ schools/colleges/departments
  • Student staff or intern engagement in the project that furthers educational and training experiences
  • Proposes a project that takes place in a community within the State of Washington, which is a priority for this first round of funding
  • Plans for sustainability of work after funding (if applicable)

Members of the Population Health Initiative Executive Council will review and score all applications, and will, if needed, consult with appropriate subject matter experts as part of the evaluation process. Funding recommendation will then be offered to the Provost, who will make the final decision regarding the allocation of funding.

Budget

Awards of up to $50,000 in total expenses per project are available from the Population Health Initiative. A project budget may exceed $50,000 only if the Co-PIs have secured the additional funding as a match from their school/college/department.

Allowed expenses include:

  • Personnel (i.e., salaries and benefits for faculty, staff, and students)
  • Equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Travel, including air fare, transportation, and per diem lodging, meals and expenses
  • Tuition for graduate students
  • Other direct costs related to the project (must detail the expense and include rationale)

Unallowable expenses include:

  • Indirect/overhead costs
  • Publication and patent cost
  • Office supplies
  • Administrative support
  • Hosting expenses (e.g., receptions, alcohol)
  • Marketing efforts

Pilot research grants are supported by state funding, meaning all allowable expenses must adhere to applicable University of Washington policies. Please contact your department’s finance contact with questions regarding such expenses.

Application format

Applications must meet the following standards:

  • Submitted as a single PDF file
  • Paper size no larger than standard letter (i.e., 8 ½” x 11”)
  • Margins of at least 0.5 inch (top, bottom, left and right)
  • Single-spaced
  • Eleven-point font or larger using either Arial or Times New Roman
  • Smaller text in figures, graphs, diagrams and charts is acceptable as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%
  • We do not require a specific citation format

Each application must contain the following sections:

  1. Completed cover sheet (project title, total budget, applicant names)
  2. Abstract (250 word maximum)
  3. Description of the grand challenge the project will address and how/why (250 word maximum)
  4. Research Plan (two pages, including tables and visuals but excluding references)
  5. Evaluation Plan (one page)
  6. Biosketches for all investigators (limit of 250 words per investigator)
  7. Budget, budget justification and potential matching funds
  8. Statement of support from department chairs
  9. Letters of Support are not required, but will be accepted. Limit of two.

Download application template

Submit an application

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Applications must be submitted as a single .pdf file through the following online submission portal.

Submit an application

Please contact us with any questions regarding this pilot research grant or the application process.