Midwest Roybal Center Pilot Grants

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation holds two pilot grant competitions each year for UIC researchers whose studies aim to improve the health of older adults.

Applicants may participate in only one competition during a calendar year. Previous grantees are welcome to submit new applications. The competition for UIC doctoral students is now open.

Doctoral Competition, 2020

The Midwest Roybal Center is now accepting applications for the 2020–2021 funding period. Applications are due to Roxanne Dakers, MPH, no later than Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Restricted to UIC doctoral candidates, this competition supports studies of health promotion (physical activity, mobility, and cognition); factors that enhance motivation for behavior change; and factors that promote the translation of evidenced based programs into activities that are sustainable at the community level.

Proposals that do not specifically focus on older adults will not be reviewed. Proposals whose applicants have not completed preliminary examinations will not be reviewed.

Applicants may request up to $12,500 for a one-year study with potential for further study supported by an external sponsor, usually the National Institutes of Health. Most doctoral awardees use these funds to complete their dissertation research.

Download the application here.

Campus-Wide Competition

All UIC researchers — faculty, doctorate-level researchers, and doctoral students — are eligible to apply for this funding. The announcement is usually made in the summer.

Proposals must use social or behavioral theory to design the interventions, and target older adults (50 ) living in the United States with the goal of promoting physical activity and/or maintaining or enhancing mobility (can include cognitive function).

About This Center

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, director of IHRP's Center for Research on Health and Aging.


For more information about either pilot grant program, contact Roxanne Dakers, MPH at rdakers@uic.edu or (312) 413-8244.