Each year the CDC funds Special Interest Projects (SIPs). SIPs are competitive scientific projects and research opportunities that are offered to researchers "representing diverse medical, science, and social science disciplines, including epidemiology, statistics, evaluation, and behavioral sciences" affiliated with a Prevention Research Center. These health promotion and disease prevention research projects are funded by different divisions of CDC or other HHS agencies, to focus on a particular topic of interest to the agency or a gap in knowledge or research. SIPs may also support evaluation and development of effective state and local public health programs and policies. Each SIP is funded as a cooperative agreement for at least a year and a minimum of $100,000, but many are multi-year projects that receive several million dollars.
The SIPs listed below were conducted at UAB Center for the Study of Community Health.