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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. Applicants usually may request up to $12,500 for a one-year study with the potential for further development with support by an external sponsor, usually the NIH.

The deadline for the 2016–2017 doctoral pilot grant competition was September 12, 2016. The opening of the 2017–2018 competition will be announced here in late summer of 2017.


In our second competition, now underway, the center seeks to fund 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.

Investigators who seek funding for June 2017–May 2018 are required to submit a two-page description of their proposed projects as part of a full application by October 20, 2016.

Applicants may request up to $40,000 for a one-year study. The Roybal Center executive committee will review proposals before November 10, 2016, and will work with proposed awardees to finalize submissions to the National Institute on Aging for final approval.

Learn more in the application (rtf).


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 pilot grants, contact Saja Froukh at sfrouk2@uic.edu or (312) 413-8244.