Funding Opportunities


The goal of the Pilot Projects Program is to enable investigators to generate preliminary data supporting NIH applications in environmental health science (EHS) research. The likelihood of success for future funding is a key criterion in the review of the proposals. The eligibility criteria and requirement for awards are as follows.

Young Investigator Awards: CACHET affiliate members (Research Associates, and Instructors) or CACHET members (Research Assistant Professors and Assistant Professors) within 2 years of appointment.
Idea Awards: CACHET members at UIC and UChicago or participants in the CACHET Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC)
Inter-Institutional Award: Proposals that are co-led by two CACHET members; one from each institution, with complementary expertise.

Proposal Requirements:
Young Investigator Awards:(a) a hypothesis-based EHS research project that requires generation of preliminary data; (b) no prior history of federal grant support; and (c) a strong mentorship plan with a CACHET member.
Idea Awards: The project must be related to EHS research, with particular emphasis placed on areas of interest of CACHET Focus Groups and/or activities of CACHET Cores (see CACHET Website URL).
Inter-Institutional Awards: The project must be for collaborative research between investigators at UIC and UChicago, must show tangible synergy, and must be related to EHS research.

Additional Required Items:
Young Investigator Awards: The application must include a letter from a faculty sponsor describing the mentoring plan and timeline to seek independent grant funding.
Idea Awards: No additional information required.
Inter-Institutional Awards: The application must contain a paragraph indicating the rationale justifying collaboration across institutions (i.e., complementary expertise and/or resources from two institutions) and also a paragraph outlining plans for a collaborative team science proposal to outside agencies.

Budget and Project Duration*:
Young Investigator Awards: $25,000 for one year; may include a request for salary support for the PI.
Idea Awards: $25,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI.
Inter-Institutional Awards: $30,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI. Renewal for one more year upon a meritorious progress report may be considered.

*Recommended budget amount and/or duration for funded applications may be adjusted by the EC.

Proposal Format: One page of Specific Aims and up to three more pages for Research Plan, which includes a paragraph about plans for future grant applications (half-inch margins, 11 pnt. Arial font), not including references, budget, and supporting documents such as letters of support. A budget justification is required. The required application information and documents will be submitted through the link below.

Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Title of Application.
  2. Personnel information, name, position, title, and contact information.
  3. New format NIH Biosketch (5 pages).
  4. List of Current and Pending grant support.
  5. An abstract (no more than 300 words).
  6. Specific aims (not more than 1 page).
  7. Significance which must state relevance to environmental health.
  8. Research Plan.

**Items 7-8 should not exceed 3 pages

  1. A statement to indicate how this project would lead to extramural funding in the environmental health domain.
  2. References.
  3. Budget – Items that can be requested include salary of support personnel, supplies and minor equipment. Travel is not allowed. Budget must be justified.

Applications using Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects must also submit the corresponding sections required in an NIH grant (see below) and failure to do so will lead to the application being not considered for funding.

Deadline and Project Start Date: The deadline of applications is February 15, 2018. A non-binding letter of intent by January 15, 2018 is requested but not mandatory. Please email the letter of intent to Proposal review will be completed by March 15, 2018 and the project start date is April 1, 2018.