The St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (St. David’s CHPR) provides pilot seed-monies to full-time faculty and research scientists to conduct small projects deemed necessary to move their programs of research forward. These projects are designed to facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative research that address health promotion and disease prevention to meet the needs of underserved populations. Funded investigators must submit progress reports and are expected to disseminate their results and seek larger extramural research funding.
St. David’s CHPR expects to make 2 – 3 pilot grant awards in amounts between $10,000 (for more limited projects such as secondary data analysis, translation/instrument testing) to $25,000 (for intervention feasibility testing), as funding allows.
2021-2022 Pilot Research Grants Form/Document
- Download the Pilot Research Grants: Call for Letters of Interest (PDF) and submit it to CHPR@mail.nur.utexas.edu by September 20, 2021, 12 noon.
- Deadline for Letter of Interest: September 20, 2021, by 12 noon
- Selected semi-finalists will be invited to submit a full proposal: October 4, 2021
- Submission of complete grant proposal deadline: November 23, 2021, by 12 noon
- Finalists to be awarded funding will be notified by: December 22, 2021
- Must have IRB approval for funding to be released.
Principal Investigator: Must be a full-time doctoral prepared faculty or research scientist at The University of Texas at Austin. Priority will be given to new researchers and limited to projects that can be completed within one calendar year. Established investigators who are moving in a distinctly new direction may also apply and will be considered for funding – as funds allow.
Interdisciplinary Research Team: Must be interdisciplinary (from more than 1 discipline) and include one or more faculty investigator(s) from a health-related school (i.e., Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, or Medicine) who fully contribute to the development and implementation of the study and interpretation of its findings.
- Faculty/research scientists may be included on one (1) pilot proposal per year (as PI or co-I).
- Limited to receiving pilot funding from St. David’s CHPR no more often than once every 3-years.
- Trainees (students, post-doctoral fellows) are not eligible for St. David’s CHPR pilot awards.
When calculating the amount of budget requested, the following caveats apply. Research grants can be used to cover:
- salary for research assistants to perform the proposed research activities,
- research-related travel (e.g., data collection),
- research supplies,
- duplication of surveys, consents; and participants’ incentives.
- If requested, funds to support faculty/research associate salary (i.e., PI & co-I) must include the calculation for the required fringe benefit (salary + fringe) and this total amount for PI & Co-I may not exceed 15% of the total budget request.
Recipients of Pilot Research Grants
|Year||Name||Research Title||Award (Funding Period)|
|2020||Leticia Moczygemba (Pharmacy), Whitney Thurman (Nursing)||Integrating of a mHealth Intervention with Community Navigation Services for People Experiencing Homelessness||$30,000
(4/17/20 – 5/31/2021)
|2020||Michelle Wright (Nursing), Radek Bukowski (Dell Med); Kelly Gaither (TACC); Karl Schultz (Engineering); Dennis Wylie (Bioinformatics)||Integrating Microbial Composition and Maternal Genetic Characteristics to Develop a New Approach for Prediction and Prevention of Preterm Birth Using Machine Learning||$30,000
(12/13/19 – 12/31/2021)
|2019||Farya Phillips (Social Work); Elizabeth Kvale (Dell Med)||Wonders & Worries Palliative Care Program||$30,000
|2019||Gayle Timmerman (Nursing); Holli Temple (Pharmacy)||A Brief Mindful Drinking/Eating Intervention for Hemodialysis Patients with Fluid Restrictions||$12,500
(3/15/19 – 3/14/2020)
|2019||Jung Kwak (Nursing); Liam Fry (Dell Med); Bo Xie (Nursing & Informatics)||Mini-grant: Promoting Advanced Care Planning with Persons with Dementia and Family Caregivers: A Feasibility Study||$10,000
(2/28/19 – 3/31/2020)
|2018||Ashley Henneghan (Nursing); Michelle Harrison (Kinesiology); Heather Becker (Nursing) ||Improving Cognition in Breast Cancer Survivors using Mediatation *|
*Co-sponsored pilot with TCRSS.
($20,000 – CHPR) (9/4/18 – 11/30/2019)
|2018||Nico Osier (Nursing); Linda Noble (Neurology)||Inflammatory proteins after pediatric TBI: A biobanking feasibility study||$30,000
(6/18/18 – 12/31/2020)
|2018||Liesl Nydegger (Education); Kasey Claborn (Psychiatry); & Mary Steinhardt (Health Ed, advisor)||Exploring PrEP adoption and adherence among high risk black & Hispanic women in Austin, TX||$29,995
(2/23/18 – 2/28/2020)
|2017||Julie Zuñiga, Michelle Harrison, Alexandra García||Investigating Biomarkers in Persons with Dual Diagnoses of HIV and Diabetes||$28,708
(7/1/17 – 6/30/2018)
|2017||Erin Rodriguez, Sharon Horner, Sara Kate Bearman, Lauren Gulbas||Development of a Culturally-Competent Coping Skills Intervention Module for low-SES Latino Children with Asthma||$25,000
(6/22/17 – 3/31/2020)
|2017||Catherine Cubbin, ShetalVohra-Gupta||Longitudinal neighborhood poverty change and racial disparities in birth outcomes||$10,985
(3/2/17 – 12/22/2018)
|2016||Kathrynn Pounders, Brad Love, Lynn Rew, Marla Royne Stafford, Michael Mackert||Understanding the impact of gender identity issues on treatment decisions among female adolescents and young adults||$17,050
(5/16/16 – 8/31/2017)
|2016||Kavita Radhakrishnan, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, Miyong Kim, Shubhada Saxena (Social Work & president of South Asian Indian Volunteers’ Association).||Community-based conversation game intervention to engage south Asian Indians with advanced care planning: A pilot feasibility study||$19,650
(5/5/16 – 9/30/2017)
|2016||Marge Benham-Hutchins, Sharon A Brown, Erin Donovan, Henry Guevara||Bridging the gap: The influence of hospitalization on Hispanic patients’ chronic disease self-management||$22,170
(4/20/16 – 12/31/2017)
|2015||Susan De Luca, Cara Young||Developing a Web-Based Intervention for Adolescents in Distress: A Mixed-Methods Study||$25,000
(1/15 – 8/16)
|2015||Mary Steinhardt||Discrimination, Physiological Stress and Metabolic Syndrome in a Multiracial Adult Sample||$25,000
|2014||Kentya Ford||Exploring Culturally-linked Motivational and User-generated Internet-based Communication Strategies Related to Cigar Use and Alteration among African American Young Adults||$25,000
(1/14 – 8/15)
|2014||Karen Johnson, Christopher Salas-Wright||Examining Hispanic Adolescent Alcohol Use and Health-risk Behavior: The Feasibility of a Biobehavioral Approach||$25,000
(1/14 – 2/15)
|2013||Yuri Jang||If You Build It, Will They Come? Feasibility of an Internet Intervention for Older Ethnic Minorities ||$25,000
(2/13 – 2/14)
|2013||Bo Xie||Developing an eHealth Tutorial for Older Adults to Use Online Health Resources||$25,000
(2/13 – 2/14)
|2012||Namkee Choi||A Pilot Study of the Internet-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for Low-Income Homebound Older Adults||$12,500
(6/12 – 5/13)