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Midwest Roybal Center Pilot Grants

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation holds two pilot grant competitions each year for UIC scientists studying the health of older adults.

Applicants may participate in only one competition during a calendar year. Previous grantees are welcome to submit new applications.


In the first competition, funding is available exclusively to UIC doctoral students for pilot studies of health promotion and maintenance among older adult populations in the U.S. Most of our doctoral awardees use these funds to complete their dissertation research. Applicants may request up to $12,500 for a one-year study that holds the potential for further development with support by an external sponsor, usually the National Institutes of Health.

The doctoral pilot grant competition for 2017–2018 is open now.

Download the application for details.
Applications are due no later than Monday, September 11, 2017.

The Institute for Health Research and Policy, in partnership with the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, is proud to support this annual competition.


In our second competition, the center seeks proposals from a wider group of UIC researchers — faculty, doctorate-level researchers and doctoral students — that translate basic behavioral and social science research findings to benefit the health and well-being of older adults (50+) living in the United States.

Applicants may request up to $40,000 for a one-year study. The Roybal Center executive committee reviews proposals in late fall and work with proposed awardees to finalize submissions to the National Institute on Aging for final approval.


The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation is funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. P30AG022849) and led by Susan L. Hughes, DSW, co-director of IHRP's Center for Research on Health and Aging.


For more information about either of these pilot grant competitions, contact Saja Froukh at sfrouk2@uic.edu or (312) 413-8244.