Pilot Grants for Faculty

Pilot Grants for Faculty

The SUPRA Pilot Grants invest resources in faculty-led substance use pilot projects. Ideally, these pilot projects will increase the competitiveness of extramural applications, and expand UK’s federal substance use research portfolio. Pilot projects must align with SUPRA’s mission and support innovative, collaborative substance use research from a basic science, clinical, or community research perspective. Requests for Applications (RFAs) will be released every 12 to 18 months.

Current Awardees: Faculty New to SUD

  • Scott Berry, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
    • Wasted WATER (Wastewater Analysis to Track Risks)

  • Jared Hammill, Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Development of UKY-21, a Novel VMAT2 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Methamphetamine Use Disorder
  • Firaz Peer, Ph.D., School of Information
    • Exploring Substance Use Disorders in Kentucky's Refugee Communities
  • Karen Roper, Ph.D., Family and Community Medicine
    • Impact of Motivational Messaging on Activating Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care Physicians ("IMMA MOUD PCP")

Pilot Grant Opportunities


SUPRA is pleased to announce a new funding mechanism to support the development and submission of complex grant proposals (program projects, center grant proposals).  Awards will provide up to $50,000 for 18 months


This funding will provide resources to support the collection of preliminary data, grant manager salary support or other aspects of coordination and submission of high impact, complex grant proposals that can develop into new, nationally competitive, transdisciplinary, multi-college research collaborations. We seek to fund substance use research from basic sciencepre-clinical, clinical, or community research perspective.


This is a two-phased grant process:  


  1. Submission of a letter of intent (LOI)
  • Due Monday, April 18, 2022
  • Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to develop a full application by early May


    2. Full Application

  • Due Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Awarded grants will have a project start date of August/September 2022


The full application can be found here