The purpose of the pilot funding program is to strategically seed feasibility and proof of concept studies that can be leveraged to support strong applications for federal funding. Applications to the pilot funding program must demonstrate the following:

  1. Alignment with the vision of the HEALTH Research Institute.
  2. Potential to support an innovative and high-impact grant application that is responsive to the funding priorities of a specific federal funding agency.
  3. Demonstration of the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship by including at least two Fellows and one Mentee as key personnel.
  4. Commitment to submit the resulting grant application through the HEALTH Research Institute within 12-months after the completion of the pilot study.

Applications to the pilot funding program will be reviewed by the Executive Board of the HEALTH Research Institute. They will be scored on their scientific merit in addition to the four criteria mentioned above. Detailed feedback, including project strengths and weaknesses, will be provided to the applicants. The award budget will be capped at $25,000 and the number of awards will be contingent on the availability of funds. Finally, the maximum project period will be 1 year. 

Pilot Funding Program (Requires Cougarnet Authentication)   

  1. Title
  2. List and Roles of Key Personnel
  3. Public Health Relevance (2-3 sentences)
  4. Specific Aims Page (1 pg max)
  5. Proposed Activities (2 pg max)
  6. Planned Enrollment Table
  7. Alignment with the vision of the HEALTH Research Institute (250 words)
  8. Alignment with the funding priorities of the targeted federal funding agency (250 words)
  9. NIH Biosketches of Key Personnel


1. Computerized Suicide Prevention for Latinos in Primary Care
Michael J. Zvolensky, Ph.D, Principal Investigator

Project Team Includes:

Andres Viana, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

Rheeda Walker, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

Jodi Berger Cardoso, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

Monica Garza, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

2. The Intersectionality of Nutrition, Alcohol Abuse, and Infectious Disease Susceptibility

Elebeoba E. May, Ph.D, Principal Investigator

Project Team Includes:

Ezemenari Obasi, Ph.D, Co-Investigator