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 at The University of Texas at Austin 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 the continuum of health promotion and disease prevention (e.g., primary, secondary, or tertiary) 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.
2023-2024 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 21, 2023, 12 noon.
- Letter of Interest Deadline: September 21, 2023, by 12 noon
- Selected Semi-Finalist: Within 2 weeks, selected semi-finalist will be invited to submit a full proposal.
- Submission of Complete Grant Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2023, by 12 noon
- Selection of Final Projects to be Awarded Funding Communicated by: December 22, 2023
- IRB Approval: Must have IRB approval for funding to be released.
Principal Investigator: Must be a full-time doctoral-prepared faculty or research scientist who meet the University’s criteria for independently serving as a principal investigator on sponsored projects. Priority will be given to new researchers. Established investigators who are moving their research 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.
Exclusions: Faculty may only be included on one (1) pilot proposal per investigator per year and 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.
Budget Limits: When calculating the amount of budget requested, the following apply: Research grants can provide 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.
Instructions for Letter of Interest (LoI)
The LoI is to provide a concise but complete overview of the proposed project. The LoI must include the following: title of the project, identify the proposed collaborators (name, rank, school/college/department), state the purpose/goal/aim, provide a brief description of the study design and primary variables, and the proposed budget request.
Format: 2 page, 1-in margins, font size no smaller than 11, single-spaced lines
The Letter of Intent will be reviewed by a panel of Center Faculty to select the semi-finalists who will be invited to submit complete proposals for consideration of funding. Review criteria:
- Relevance of the proposal with the St. David’s CHPR mission of health promotion and disease prevention in underserved populations;
- Eligibility of investigator;
- Interdisciplinary team;
- Feasibility of accomplishing the stated goals of the project within the 12-month time frame;
- Appropriateness of the budget for proposed activities.
Recipients of Pilot Research Grants
|Year||Name||Research Title||Award (Funding Period)|
|2022||Whitney Thurman (Nursing); Leticia R. Moczygemba (Pharm); Alexandra A. García (Nursing)||The role of public transportation in meeting health & social needs among unhoused older adults||$30,000
(8/1/22 – 7/31/23)
|2022||Megan Thomas Hebdon (Nursing); Sharon Horner (Nursing); Heather Cuevas (Nursing); Janice Hernandez (Nursing); Michael Thomas (BYU); Neil Peterson (BYU); Elina Chun (UWash); Tevin Stewart (UWash)||Cultural and language adaptation of a stress, emotional regulation, and support intervention for Latinx millennial caregivers: Psychometric properties of the teacher-reported pediatric symptom checklist.||$30,000
|2022||Heather Cuevas (Nursing); Alexandra García (Nursing); Elizabeth Muñoz (CNS); Deborah Parra-Medina (COLA)||Adaptation of the Florida cognitive activities scale for Latinx adults with chronic conditions.||$25,000
(3/29/22 – 3/31/23)
|2022||Li-Chen Lin (Nursing); Michael Mackert (Comm); Kristin Ashley Garling (Pharm); Kavita Radhakrishnan (Nursing)||Person-centered medication teaching among people with Limited-English-Proficiency: A pilot feasibility study||$24,650
(3/29/22 – 3/31/23)
|2022||Molly Lopez (SSW); Amanda Bowling (EdPsych); Molly Sanders (SSW); Hyeon-Ah Kang (CoE); Ashton Millet (SSW)||Psychometric properties of the Teacher-reported Pediatric Symptom Checklist||$10,500
|2021||Yang Li (Nursing); Noel Busch-Armendariz (SSW)||Self-compassion, Health, and Empowerment: A Feasibility Intervention Study for Chinese Immigrant Women with Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.||$25,000
(9/24/21- 9/30/23 - NCE)
|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 – 12/31/2022)
|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 (Nursing), Lauren Jodi Van Scoy (PennState), Miyong Kim (Nursing), 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 (Nursing), Sharon A Brown (Nursing), Erin Donovan (Comm), 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 (SSW), Cara Young (Nursing)||Developing a Web-Based Intervention for Adolescents in Distress: A Mixed-Methods Study||$25,000
(1/15 – 8/16)
|2015||Mary Steinhardt (Education)||Discrimination, Physiological Stress and Metabolic Syndrome in a Multiracial Adult Sample||$25,000
|2014||Kentya Ford (Pharmacy)||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 (Nursing), 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 (SSW)||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 (Nursing)||Developing an eHealth Tutorial for Older Adults to Use Online Health Resources||$25,000
(2/13 – 2/14)
|2012||Namkee Choi (SSW)||A Pilot Study of the Internet-Based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for Low-Income Homebound Older Adults||$12,500
(6/12 – 5/13)