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Midwest Roybal Center Pilot Grants

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation holds two pilot grant competitions each year for UIC scientists studying the health of older adults.

Applicants may participate in only one competition during a calendar year. Previous grantees are welcome to submit new applications.


In fall 2018, the Midwest Roybal Center will apply to the National Institute on Aging for a renewal grant. For our renewal competition, the Center seeks to identify small randomized trials that assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of new or adopted health promotion interventions or adapted interventions.

All UIC researchers — faculty, doctorate-level researchers, and doctoral students — are eligible to apply. Proposals must use social or behavioral theory to design the interventions, and target older adults (50+) living in the United States with the goal of promoting physical activity and/or maintaining or enhancing mobility (can include cognitive function).

The interventions must be in Stage I of the NIH Stage Model for Behavioral Intervention Development. Interventions can use technology in intervention design and measurements, and should be designed to be feasible for translation over time to community settings and instructors, and include mechanisms for maintaining program fidelity.

Projects can be funded up to $50,000 for one year beginning July 2019 if the National Institute on Aging renews funding to the Midwest Roybal Center. Applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

Learn more and download the Roybal application.


This competition is now closed for 2018. Look here in late spring 2019 for information about the funding for 2019–2020.

Restricted to UIC doctoral candidates, this competition supports the study of health promotion (e.g., exercise, diet, substance abuse, sleep, stress, health screenings), factors that enhance motivation for behavior change, and translation of evidenced-based programs into activities sustainable in the community.

A proposal will not be reviewed if it lacks a specific focus on older adults, or the applicant has not completed preliminary examinations.

Applicants may request up to $12,500 for a one-year study with potential for further study supported by an external sponsor, usually the National Institutes of Health. Most doctoral awardees use these funds to complete their dissertation research.


The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation is funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. P30AG022849) and led by Susan L. Hughes, DSW, co-director of IHRP's Center for Research on Health and Aging.


For more information about either pilot grant program, contact Saja Froukh at sfrouk2@uic.edu or (312) 413-8244.