The goal of this joint pilot project program is to catalyze enduring, collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects across several UTMB Center programs and the School of Public and Population Health (SPPH) by funding seed projects of up to $ 25,000 for data acquisition and/or secondary data analysis; and up to $ 40,000 for other seed projects. These are direct costs. No indirect costs will be allowed. The goal is to foster the development of cross-center collaborations around issues important to public health.
Public Health is broadly defined as the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. Public health research includes, but is not limited to, disease and injury prevention; detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious and emerging diseases; addressing and improving aging; health disparities and inequities; global health; gender differences & women’s health; environmental health; maintenance and recovery of physical and cognitive function; and mental health, including substance abuse and addiction. SPPH is a common home from which to promote interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and education in public health, ultimately impacting and improving health for all.
This mechanism provides funding to catalyze enduring collaborations in cross-cutting theme areas. Proposals should address topics spanning the missions of the participating units. Relevant topics are exemplified by the themes of the participating centers and SPPH, but other topics relevant to these programs will also be considered. The number of awards granted will be based on the funds available.
Proposals are encouraged that include trainees at any level of career development. Proposals are especially encouraged that involve interdisciplinary research covering areas of interest to two or more of the participating entities. Please explore the interests of the participating units by clicking on their links below:
Applications may seek support to collect or analyze data; convene experts to explore aspects of the theme area in detail; or develop multi- or interdisciplinary conceptual models to motivate further cross-center work. There must be clear evidence that all investigators will contribute meaningfully to the intellectual design and conduct of the research. Applicants may propose to use the funds over the period of the award as justified by the proposed activity.