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2015 Community Health Scholars Pilot Grant Program

Community Health Scholars
Pilot Grant Program

UAB Center for the Study of Community Health


The UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (CSCH), a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, announces the 2015 Community Health Scholars pilot grant program, an initiative to encourage and facilitate community-based participatory research by UAB faculty.

Three (3) Community Health Scholars will receive one-year pilot funding of $30,000 for projects that address important health and public health issues directly relevant to local Birmingham communities. A project may be from any discipline on campus as long as it meets the following criteria:

  1. Applicants are UAB faculty at the Instructor, Assistant, or Associate Professor level;
  2. An established community partner organization actively participates in the genesis, development, implementation, and evaluation of the project;
  3. The project can be completed within one (1) year, and;
  4. The project is developmental in that it demonstrates significant potential for additional extramural funding in the future.

Projects including survey research are required to use the Survey Research Unit of the CSCH. For pricing please contact Paul Wolff.

The CSCH also has evaluation and GIS mapping services available to support research efforts of CHS awardees. For pricing please contact Lisle Hites.

Applicants are encouraged to review and apply information about the principles and methods of CBPR.  We recommend “Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum.”

The Community Health Scholars pilot grant program is designed to stimulate novel ideas for community-based participatory research. To that end the application process is short and streamlined.  The Project Description/ Research Plan is limited to a total of three (3) pages, not including the title page, PI biosketch, budget pages, and community partner letter of partnership.  Investigators should use the PHS 398 Face Page, Project Summary, Budget/Justification and Biosketch pages.

1.  The Project Summary should briefly describe the proposed project / novel idea, the community partner, and key personnel. 

2.  The Project Description / Research Plan should include the following information in the order noted below:

o    “Project Proposal / Novel Idea” describing specific aims, preliminary studies (where applicable), research design, methods, and timeline.

o    “Significance” to support further investigations and additional extramural support.

o    “Community Partnership” describing the relationship and how the partners will be involved.

3.  A Letter of Intent with Project Title, Principal Investigator, and descriptive paragraph of proposal is requested by Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

4.  The completed application must be submitted electronically in PDF format by 8 a.m. on Monday, November 3, to Mary Evans.

5.  Award notification will be sent Monday, December 1, 2014, with an expected start date of January 1, 2015.  Three (3) awards of $30,000 will be made.

6.  Grantees will provide a brief progress report every six months.

7.  Grantees will be asked to present their findings at the annual Public Health Research Day and other campus research symposia and are encouraged to submit their research findings for presentation at the annual PRC meeting in Atlanta and other scientific conferences.

8.  For questions about application procedures, please contact Max Michael, Director, at 975-7742 or Mary Evans, Deputy Director, at 975-8387.