Pilot Grants

Current Pilot Grant Opportunities

UNITE Research Priority Area Community Engagement RFA

  • UNITE Research Priority Area Community Engagement RFA
    • The UNITE Research Priority Area is sponsoring a pilot grant opportunity focused on theory-driven, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate strategies to meet critical needs identified during the UNITE Listens panel discussion earlier this year. These critical needs serve as the key priority areas for this RFA to address within communities of color in the Commonwealth. Please see the Request for Applications (RFA) for more details and instructions. A maximum of $50,000 will be awarded for a period of 18 months. Applications are due February 28, 2022. 

Past Pilot Grant Opportunities

The CHET Health Equity Pilot Grant in Partnership with the UNITE Research Priority Area

  • The CHET Health Equity Pilot Grant in Partnership with the UNITE Research Priority Area 
    Pilot funding will be made available to support meritorious projects that focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities. All applications must address how the pilot project will (1) directly contribute to achieving health equity for a vulnerable population and (2) obtain critical data to support an extramural grant submission that will promote health equity. Please follow the link in the header for eligibility requirements and more information.

Substance Use Research Priority Area (SUPRA) & UNITE Research Priority Area Pilot Partnership

  • Substance Use Research Priority Area (SUPRA) & UNITE Research Priority Area 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. Please follow the link in the header for eligibility requirements and more information.

UNITE Research Priority Area RFA: Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake

  • UNITE Research Priority Area RFA: Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake
    A part of the United in True Racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area (RPA) mission is 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.
    This notice solicits applications for projects that will utilize theory-driven, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate research methods to enhance COVID-19 testing and vaccination in racial and ethnic minority populations in urban and rural areas of the Commonwealth. Projects that are responsive will increase vaccine uptake in Black and Hispanic/Latinx populations. Please follow the link in the header for eligibility requirements and application documents.

UNITE Humanities & Social Science Research Pilot Grant

  • UNITE Humanities & Social Science Research Pilot Grant
    Pilot funding is available to support projects of merit that explore racial equity from a humanities/ humanistic social sciences lens. UNITE seeks to fund projects that consist of teams of at least two scholars at different career stages, from undergraduates to senior scholars. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, but not required. Part of UNITE’s mission is 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.” A challenge for humanities and humanistic social science researchers is often finding collaborative spaces to develop publications and larger grant projects. To help provide such spaces, UNITE requests proposals that will convene two or more scholars in pursuit of impactful work focused on racial equity.

Markey Cancer Center/UNITE Pilot Grant

  • Markey Cancer Center/UNITE Pilot Grant
    • Markey Cancer Center and the UNITE (United in True Racial Equity) Research Priority Area introduced a new funding opportunity focused on seeking to understand and prevent cancer, detect cancer early, and/or manage cancer treatment more accurately and effectively among racial/ethnic minority populations.

Current Awardees

The UNITE Research Priority Area is pleased to announce the UNITE COVID-19 Pilot Grant awardee:

Principal Investigator: Dr. KIMBERLY A. PARKER
cO-INVESTIGATOR: DR. BOBI IVANOV
CO-INVESTIGATOR: DR. Diane francis
Title: The Potential for Inoculation Messages to Influence Vaccine Uptake among Underrepresented Populations
College of Communication and Information

 

 

The following awardee has been selected for the CHET Health Equity Pilot Grant in Partnership with the UNITE RPA:

 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Shuoli Zhao
Title: Are There Racial Disparities in Monthly Glucose Cycle? The Role of SNAP Participation, Payment Timing, and Food-Related Hardship on Diabetes Control
College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE)

 

 

 

The following awardee has been selected for the SUPRA Pilot Grant in Partnership with the UNITE RPA:

 
 
 
 
Principal Investigator: Dr. TK Logan
Title: Exploring the Impact of COVID-Related Stressors, Substance Abuse, and Firearm-Related Risks Among Black, Hispanic, and White Young Adults
College of Medicine

 

 

 

 

The following awardees were selected for the 2020 Igniting Research Collaborations program, in partnership with UNITE:​

 
 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Fatima Espinoza Vasquez 
Topic: Developing an Emergency Sociotechnical Infrastructure with Lexington's Latinx Community
Collaboration between Colleges of Communication and Nursing 

 

 

 

 
 
Principal Investigator: Dr. JaleEsa Wells                                         
Topic: Stimulating Higher Education Leadership Progression - An Institutional Framework for BIPOCs 
Collaboration between Colleges of Fine Arts, CAFE, A&S, and Education