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

  • Cassandra D Gipson-Reichardt, Ph.D., Family and Community Medicine 
    • Evaluating the neurobiological mechanisms of suvorexant in reducing fentanyl withdrawal and relapse
  • TK Logan, Ph.D., Behavioral Science
    • Exploring the Impact of COVID-related Stressors, Substance Abuse, and Firearm-Related Risks Among Black, Hispanic, and White Young Adults
  • Gopalkumar Rakesh, MD, Psychiatry
    • Adjunctive Theta Burst Stimulation to Modulate Attentional Bias in Opiate Use Disorder: A Pilot Study

Pilot Grant Opportunities

Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA) Faculty New to Substance Use Research

The purpose of this pilot funding mechanism is to support a pilot project from a faculty PI who is new to the substance use research area to engage in innovative, collaborative substance use research from a basic science, pre-clinical, clinical, or community research perspective. Applications should align with SUPRA’s mission to prevent and reduce the burdens of substance use disorders through conducting and translating transdisciplinary and innovative research to inform clinical services, public health practice, and policy. All applications must address how the pilot project will lead to future extramural applications.  Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky. Investigators must be new to substance use research, which is defined as not having received previous federal funding as a PI on a substance use related grant.  The PI is encouraged to have at least one Co-Investigator who is established in the field of substance use research.  Investigators in training, including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are not eligible to serve as PI but may be co-investigators. 


A maximum of $50,000 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 application as a single (1) PDF file to Brooke Poe (brooke.poe@uky.edu). Please name the file with the PI’s last name, underscore, NEWSUPRA2021 (e.g., Walsh_NEWSUPRA2021).  Applications must include:


  • SUPRA Pilot Grant Cover Page that requires a signature from each investigator
  • NIH or NSF-style biosketch for each investigator (5 page limit per investigator)
  • Budget/justification (1 page)
    • Proposal submission through OSPA is not required.
    • Include specific justifications for expenses.
    • Graduate student stipends and tuition are allowed with strong justification.
    • Only travel costs necessary for carrying out the aims of the research are allowable (e.g., conference travel is not an allowable expense).
    • Publication costs are not allowed.
    • Purchase of equipment is allowable with strong justification.
    • Salary for 12-month faculty is not allowed; however, up to 1-month of summer salary is allowed for faculty on 9-10 month contracts.
  • 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).

  • Timeline (1/2 page)
    • Include a timeline with milestones for accomplishments described in the approach.
  • If this application is seeking pilot support to strengthen an application that was previously submitted for external grant funding, but was not awarded, please attach the summary statement of reviewers’ comments. (no page limit)
  • References (no page limit)

SUPRA New to Substance Use Research Pilot Grant RFA and Cover Page (pdf)