Image from the project 'Increasing Activity in the Community: Dance for Health,' Terri Lipman, PI

CPHI 2013 Pilot Grants

Deadline: April 5th, 2013 by 5:00pm

Click here to download the full Call for Proposals

Click here to download the proposal cover sheet


The CPHI and the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) core of the CTSA at the University of Pennsylvania are collaborating on a pilot grant program to fund research with public and community health relevance. The mission and goals of each of these entities are aligned and the Calls for Proposals (CFP) are similar, so researchers can apply simultaneously to both programs if they meet the criteria of each entity (see the full CFP for criteria).

  • If your application meets the criteria of both the CPHI and CTSA, indicate on the cover sheet that you would like to be considered for funding by both entities.
  • If you feel that your proposal only meets the criteria of one of the funding organizations, please indicate on the cover sheet which organization should consider your proposal.
  • Note that the CPHI and CTSA will use the same review team to rate proposals submitted in response to this call.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) for the grant must be a Penn faculty member.

The CEAR Core of the CTSA will fund proposals that foster community-based research, especially studies that use a participatory framework. This includes research conducted in community settings or using a participatory research framework and actively involving community stakeholders in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and/or evaluation. "Community" is defined broadly to include populations in neighborhoods and organizations, including health care settings.

The CPHI, through this mechanism, will support interdisciplinary, innovative research in public health that has the potential to improve public health interventions in the field and/or inform policy that shapes public health endeavors.

Pilot programs for both the CPHI and the CEAR Core are defined for these purposes as research programs that use qualitative and/or quantitative methods to collect initial data, analyze secondary data, and/or test research methodologies as a means to attract the support of larger, external funding sources. Most grants awarded will be in the range of $2,000 to $20,000.

How to Apply

Proposed applications should be no more than five pages in length and must include:

  • Statement of Purpose. This statement should include background research as well as a clearly defined set of research aims with relevance to current public health challenges.
  • A Conceptual Approach. This section should describe the proposed research plan (including data collection and analysis plan), methodology, any underlying theoretical frameworks on which the program is based, and the expected significance of potential findings.
  • Description of Deliverables. Key deliverables expected at the completion of the project time period should be described and a timeline for key activities and deliverables should be included in table format.

All applications should be submitted electronically to CPHI's Deputy Director.

As a condition of funding, all proposals must receive IRB approval from the Office of Research Administration before data collection begins.

Please see the full CFP text (linked above) for all eligibility and submission criteria.