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

  • Christal Badour, Ph.D., Psychology
    • A Patient-Centered Approach Toward Treating PTSD and Substance Abuse in Patients Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Robyn Brown, Ph.D., Sociology
    • Provider Bias toward Patients with Opioid Use Disorders: Understanding Stigma as a Barrier to MOUD Implementation
  • Jessica Weafer, Ph.D., Psychology
    • Testing an online insomnia intervention to reduce alcohol use via improved sleep among at-risk heavy drinkers

Pilot Grant Opportunities

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

The purpose of this pilot funding mechanism is to provide resources to support 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.  Applications that focus on COVID-19 are of particular interest.  Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky. 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 March 1, 2021, with a projected start date of July 1, 2021.  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, SUPRA2021 (e.g., Walsh_SUPRA2021).  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 the 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)

Download instructions and cover page.

Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA) & United in True Racial Equity (UNITE RPA) Pilot Partnership

The purpose of this pilot funding mechanism is to provide resources to support innovative, collaborative substance use research from a clinical or community research perspective with a focus on racial equity. Competitive applications will focus on research related to people of color. 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; and UNITE’s mission: to support research focused on racial disparities, racial health equity, social and racial justice that will result in impactful scholarly outputs and extramural funding for sustainability. All applications must directly 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 in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are not eligible to serve as PI but may be co-investigators.  Applicants must be a member of both SUPRA and UNITE research priority areas. To request membership, please contact Brooke Poe (brooke.poe@uky.edu) for SUPRA and Leah Holton (leah.holton@uky.edu) for UNITE.

A maximum of $25,000 will be awarded for a period of 18 months. Applications are due 3/1/21, with a projected start date of 7/1/21.  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, SUPRAUNITE2021 (e.g., Walsh_SUPRAUNITE2021). Applications must include:

  • SUPRA/UNITE 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 the 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)

Download instructions and cover page.