Funding Opportunities


CACHET seeks applications for Pilot Projects for research that addresses environmental, biological and/or social factors influencing environmental health in our communities

Applications are required to propose using one or more of the CACHET Cores


        • The CACHET Community Engagement Core (CEC)

        • The CACHET Biomarkers Core
          (particularly for research using the new ICP-MS equipment for metals analysis)

        • The CACHET Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC)

        • The CACHET Microbiome Core

DEADLINES: LOI – May 1 / Application – May 22, 2020


  • All CACHET members.
  • Collaboration with non-members for specific expertise is allowed.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Utilization of CACHET Core Facilities (Integrated Health Science Facilities Core [IHSFC], Biomarkers- Mass Spectrometry, Microbiome) or interaction with CEC is mandatory. Note: IHSFC has multiple resources, including COMPASS and other large bio-/data-banks ( for most investigations that can be leveraged. IHSFC also provides study design and statistical planning or analysis.
  • Proposal mechanisms are as follows:
    • 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. The application must include a letter from a faculty sponsor describing the mentoring plan and timeline to seek independent grant funding.
    • 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).
    • Inter-Institutional Awards: The project must be a collaborative research project between investigators at UIC and UChicago, must show tangible synergy, and must be related to EHS research. The application must contain:
  • Rationale paragraph justifying collaboration across institutions (i.e., complementary expertise and/or resources from two institutions).
  • Paragraph outlining plans for a collaborative team science proposal to outside agencies.
    • Special Topic (COVID-19) Awards: The project must address an environmental factor that is relevant to and/or affects COVID-19 infections.
  • This can take the form of an Idea Award-type proposal or an Inter-Institutional-type proposal and abide by the above indicated requirements of one of these mechanisms.

Budget and Project Duration:

  • Young Investigator Awards: up to $25,000 for one year; may include a request for salary support for the PI. Renewal for an additional year upon a meritorious progress report may be considered.
  • Idea Awards: up to $25,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI.
  • Inter-Institutional Awards: up to $35,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI. Renewal for one more year upon a meritorious progress report may be considered.
  • Special Topic Awards: up to $25,000 for Idea-type awards – up to $35,000 for Inter-Institutional awards, both for one year.
  • Tuition support and travel cannot be included in the budget

Notes: Recommended budget amount and/or duration for funded applications may be adjusted by the CACHET Executive Committee. F&A costs cannot be included in pilot project budgets.

Proposal Format:

Half-inch margins, Arial 11 point font
Required sections and page limitations:

  • Specific Aims – One page
  • Research Plan – up to 3 pages.
  • Introduction/Background
  • Hypothesis/Specific Aims
  • Research Approach
  • Paragraph about plans for future grant application
  • References
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Supporting documents (e.g. letters of support).

Applications Submission:

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Key Dates:

  • Letter of Intent: Requested by May 1, 2020, but it is not mandatory.
  • Application Deadline: May 22, 2020
  • Proposal Reviews: Completed by June 26, 2020; Funding Decision by July 1, 2020
  • Project Start Date: July 1, 2020

For more information: 

UIC: Contact Amanda Abramson at 312-996-6961 or
UChicago: Contact Liz Stepniak at 773-702-9663 or