Graduate/Professional Student and Postdoctoral Pilot Grants

Graduate/Professional Student Pilot Grants

This pilot funding mechanism provides resources to support innovative substance use research conducted by graduate and/or professional students from a basic science, pre-clinical, clinical, or community research perspective. All applications must address how the pilot project will advance the student’s research prospects in terms of publications, pursuit of extramural grant support, and/or job market competitiveness. The aim of the Graduate/Professional Student Pilot grant award is to train the next generation of substance use researchers. Requests for Applications (RFAs) will be released every 12 to 18 months.

Current Awardees

  • Nermin Ahmend, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
    • Mentor - Analia Loria, Ph.D.
    • Title: Impact of Perinatal Opioid Use on Offspring’s Long-Term Metabolic Outcomes
  • Caleb Bailey, Psychology
    • Mentor - Mark Prendergast, Ph.D.
    • Title: The Compounding Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Establishing the Role of Tau Phosphorylation and Insulin Insensitivity in a Rodent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Model of Executive Dysfunction
  • Anna Hansen, Sociology
    • Mentor - Carrie Oser, Ph.D.
    • Title: Social Determinants of Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Among Rural, Underserved Women
  • Samantha Malone, Psychology
    • Mentor - Michael Bardo, Ph.D.
    • Title: Fentanyl Escalation Changes to Central Amygdala GABAergic Activity are Moderated by Oxytocin
  • Mia Radevski, Psychology
    • Mentor - Chana Akins, Ph.D.
    • Title: Examining the Relationship Between Stress and Alcohol Relapse-Related Behavior

Super Students Grant Opportunities

Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA) Postdoctoral Pilot Grant RFA

This pilot funding mechanism provides resources to support innovative substance use research conducted by a postdoctoral scholar/fellow from a basic science, pre-clinical, clinical, or community research perspective. All applications must address how the pilot project will advance the postdoc’s research productivity in terms of publications, pursuit of extramural grant support, and/or job market competitiveness. A faculty advisor is required for oversight. Eligibility is limited to postdoctoral scholars/fellows at UK. Pilot award winners will be expected to present at the next Substance Use Research Event (SURE) and acknowledge SUPRA on presentations and publications.

 

A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded for a period of 18 months. Applications are due September 20, 2021, with a projected start date of January 1, 2022.  Review panel may request additional information. Submit the application as a single (1) PDF file to Brooke Poe (brooke.poe@uky.edu). Name the file with the PI’s last name, underscore, SUPRA_POSTDOC_2021 (e.g., Walsh_SUPRA_POSTDOC_2021). 

 

Applications must include:

  • SUPRA Pilot Grant Cover Page that requires the PI and Faculty Advisor’s signatures
  • NIH or NSF-style biosketch for applicant (5 page limit)
  • Faculty advisor is required to submit:
    • Letter of support (1 page)
    • NIH or NSF-style biosketch (5 page limit)
  • Budget/justification (1 page)
    • Proposal submission through OSPA is not required.
    • Include specific justifications for expenses.
    • Only travel costs necessary for the carrying out the aims of the research are allowable (e.g., conference travel is not an allowable expense).
    • Purchase of equipment is allowable with strong justification.
    • Publication costs are not allowed.
    • Salary support for the postdoctoral applicant, faculty advisor, and/or Co-Is is not allowed.
  • Scientific Aims (1 page)
  • Research plan (2 pages)
      • Briefly describe the significance, innovation, and approach. Describe the plans beyond the pilot project, including plans for seeking extramural funding (e.g., specify an NIH RFA or PA with a projected application date).
  • Deliverables, Future Research, & Career Development (e.g., presentations, publications, future grant applications, award applications, etc.) (1/2 page)
  • Timeline (1/2 page)
    • Include a timeline with milestones for accomplishments described in the research plan including deliverables. The timeline should span 1/1/22 through 6/30/23.
  • References (no page limit)

Download instructions and cover page.