Pilot Grants

Current Pilot Grant Opportunities

UNITE General Call for Proposals

  • UNITE General Call for Proposals
    • UNITE has released a general pilot grant funding opportunity, which is focused on generating competitive applications for external funding opportunities. Applications are due January 31, 2023. There are three tiers of funding with this mechanism for a project period of 12 months:

      Tier 1: Compact Pilot - up to $10,000
      Tier 2: Standard Pilot - up to $25,000
      Tier 3: High Impact Pilot - up to $50,000

      Please see the Call for Proposals for additional details and instructions.

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.

    Applications are due 08/30/2022. A maximum of $12,000 will be awarded for a period of 12 months.

    To access the application and instructions, please follow the link in the header.

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 are accepting applications for a  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. Please follow the link here to access the application, eligibility requirements, and instructions.

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. 

UNITE/College of Social Work RFA

  • UNITE/College of Social Work RFA
    UNITE and the College of Social Work developed a $50,000 pilot funding opportunity due 03/31/22 to support 18-month projects closely aligned with a Grand Challenge for Social Work. Proposals were sought that utilized an RCT (randomized clinical trial) design and increased underrepresented racial/ethnic minority scholars in research.

UNITE General Call for Proposals

  • UNITE General Call for Proposals
    • UNITE has released a general pilot grant funding opportunity, which is focused on generating competitive applications for external funding opportunities. Applications are due January 31, 2023. There are three tiers of funding with this mechanism for a project period of 12 months:

      Tier 1: Compact Pilot - up to $10,000
      Tier 2: Standard Pilot - up to $25,000
      Tier 3: High Impact Pilot - up to $50,000

      Please see the Call for Proposals for additional details and instructions.

Pilot Grant Awardees

 The following awardees were selected for the UNITE/College of Social Work RCT Pilot Grant, in which proposals utilized an RCT (randomized clinical trial) design and increased underrepresented racial/ethnic minority scholars in research.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Antonio Garcia 
Collaborator: Dr. Ginny Sprang
Title: COVID-19: Preparing Schools to Address Childhood Trauma
college of social work and college of medicine 

 

PrincipAL Investigator: Dr. Ana Maria Linares
Collaborator: Dr. Sheila Barnhart
Collaborator: Dr. Julie Plasencia
Title: Leveraging Cultural Health Beliefs and Actions to Improve Latinx Family Wellness
college of nursing 

 

The following awardees were selected for the UNITE General Pilot Grant, which focused on supporting competitive projects for external funding opportunities:

 

 
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sharim Hannegan-Martinez
 
Title: Grief in & Beyond Schools: Cultivating Culturally Responsive Grief
College of Education 

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. hope harvey
Collaborator: Dr. brielle bryan
Title: Housing Instability and Adult Wellbeing
Martin School of Public Policy & Administration
 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Lauren Whitehurst
Co-Investigator: Dr. anna smith
Title: The Impact of Daily Stress Exposure on EEG-derived Sleep in Mid-life
College of Arts and Sciences

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ana Maria Linares
co-investigator: dr. Mary Kay Rayens
collaborator: dr. Julia Plasencio
collaborator: dr. Shelia Barnhart
Title: Familismo and Social Determinants of Health: Critical components of Exclusive Breastfeeding Disparities in Hispanic mothers Colleges of Nursing; Social Work; and Agriculture, Food, & Environment (CAFE)

 

UNITE selected the following awardees for Community Engagement Pilot Grant funding, which involved an active partnership with community leaders or organizations and addressed the needs identified during the UNITE Listens discussion:

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Thais Council
Co-Investigator: Dr. LeAnna T. Luney
Title: A Photovoice Project Exploring How Black Girls Navigate Education and Uncertainty at Home in COVID-19
College of Education

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Juan Canedo
Co-Investigator: Dr. Pamela Hull
Co-Investigator: Dr. Mark Dignan
Title: Hispanic Community Perceptions of Needs and Opportunities for Cancer Prevention and Screening in Kentucky
College of Medicine

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Fatima Espinoza Vasquez
Co-Investigator: Dr. Aurora Santiago Ortiz
Collaborator/Consultant: Dr. Gia Mudd-Martin
Title: Co-Developing a Community Infrastructure with Lexington’s Latinx Community
College of Communication and Information

 

 

UNITE awarded the following Humanities Collaborative Research pilot studies, which focused on racial equity in the humanities/humanistic and social sciences:

principal investigator: Dr. Nikki Brown
Collaborator: Jennifer Hootman
Title: Summer Funding for Digital Humanities Specialist for DRVK 2022
College of Arts & Sciences and UK Libraries

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sihui Ke
Co-Investigator: Dr. Yang Hou
Collaborator: Dr. Yuyan Xia
Title: Two pandemics, Two Languages: Chinese Dual Language Learners’ Resilience in Response to Discrimination
Collaboration between the colleges of Arts & Sciences; Agriculture, Food, & Environment (CAFE); and Education

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Zachary Bray
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Melynda Price
Title: The Kentucky Monuments Workshop
College of Law

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Keiko Tanaka
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Srimati Basu
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Rong Wang
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Shui-yin Sharon Yam 
Title: Between Model Minorities and Perpetual Foreigners: The Impact of Rising Anti-Asian Hate Crimes on AAPI Communities in Kentucky
Collaboration between the College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment (CAFE) and the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Communication & Information

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Janice Fernheimer
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Jazmine Wells
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Doug Boyd
Title: The Black Women in Bourbon Oral History
Collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences and UK Libraries

 

 

Markey Cancer Center and the UNITE (UNited In True racial Equity) Research Priority Area selected the following awardee for the collaborative pilot grant:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jean Edward
Co-Investigator: Dr. John D’Orazio
Co-investigator: dr. Kimberly Northrip
co-investigator: dr. Mary Kay Rayens
Title: Racial Disparities in Financial Toxicity, Cost-Related Health Literacy, and Healthcare Transitions among Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Survivors in Kentucky
Collaboration between Colleges of Nursing and Medicine

 

 

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 & 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, & 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 & Information and Nursing 

 

 

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr. JaleEsa Wells                                         
Topic: Stimulating Higher Education Leadership Progression - An Institutional Framework for BIPOCs 
Collaboration between Colleges of Fine Arts; Agriculture, Food, & Environment (CAFE); Arts & Sciences; and Education