Need Pilot Funding for a Health Study of Older Minority Adults?

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation invites members of the UIC community to submit applications for pilot grants for health promotion or maintenance studies that focus on older adults from minority or underserved populations in the United States. Proposals for one-year projects up to $40,000 will be considered for funding.

Funding Eligibility

This competition is open to all UIC researchers — faculty, doctorate-level researchers and doctoral students — in public health, behavioral sciences, nursing, medicine, other health sciences and social work.

Doctoral candidates must complete their preliminary examinations prior to initiation of funding, September 1. The Midwest Roybal Center also hosts a pilot grant competition for doctoral candidates only. Applicants may apply only to one competition in the same calendar year.

Study Criteria

The proposed project must involve an older adult (50+) population and focus on an aspect of health promotion relevant to older adults from minority or underserved populations living in the U.S. 

Projects may be interventions, surveys, needs assessments, measurement development or any other procedures that advance health promotion in these populations. Types of health promotion interventions that can be developed and tested include exercise, diet, substance abuse, sleep, stress and participation in health screenings as well as examination of risk factor reduction across multiple behaviors. Pilot funds can be used to develop and test new interventions or to examine ways to translate existing evidence-based programs.  

The application should demonstrate how the project’s results will be used to enhance and facilitate high quality competitive external grant applications, preferably NIH R21 or R01 awards.

Award Information

Each proposal will be judged on its scientific and scholarly merit and on the anticipated benefit to the community and population of focus. A total of $80,000 in funding (two projects, $40,000 in direct costs per project) is anticipated to fund proposals.

Awardees are expected to participate in Roybal Center activities pertaining to research, education, and service and will be expected to make brief presentations during the course of the pilot and upon its completion.

Important Dates

  • Letters of intent are recommended; they are due Monday, April 15, 2013.
  • Applications are due Monday, May 13, 2013.
  • Awards will be announced in mid June.
  • Funding for selected projects with IRB approval begins September 1, 2013.

Apply Now

Download the application.


For more information about this pilot grant competition, contact Louise Martinez, center coordinator, at or (312) 413-9831.