Pilot Grants

CHET-CCTS Health Disparity/Health Equity Pilot RFA

Release date: 3/11/2022

Letters of Intent Due: 4/01/2022

Project Duration: 12 months 

This collaborative pilot between the UK CCTS and the UK Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) will fund two awards for up to $25,000 each in total direct costs. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to support meritorious translational projects which focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity. All applications must propose a study which examines or proposes to intervene in achieving health equity for a vulnerable population.  

2022 CHET-CCTS Pilot RFA.pdf


Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co- investigators.

Submission Instructions

Application Style Guidelines:

  • Margins must be no smaller than 0.5” at all points. 
  • Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points orlarger. (ASymbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies). 
  • Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Type may be no more than six lines per inch. 
  • Each page should provide the applicant’s name in the upper right hand corner. 
  • The application should be numbered consecutively in the center bottom.

LOI Submission Guidelines:

Letters of Intent (LOI) and NIH-style Biosketches of all key personnel will be solicited from faculty. The LOIs will be reviewed utilizing a standard NIH-type study section assessment by subject matter experts from across UK and partnering institutions. A subset of meritorious LOIs will be selected and applicants will be invited to submit full applications. Late or incomplete LOIs will be returned to the investigator and will not be considered for the funding opportunity. The LOI is limited to 2 pages including all the following: 

  • Project title (full project title required) 
  • Research objectives, Specific Aims
    • Describe the science driving the translational effort. Provide concise, clear statements regarding anticipated outcomes of the proposed research and how it will add to existing knowledge or create new research opportunities 
  • Brief background and preliminary data 
  • A paragraph describing study design, methodology, statistics and outcomes 
  • Project milestones 
  • Describe how the pilot grant would facilitate a future external grant
    • Priority will be given to applications with well-defined future extramural funding plans and timelines (ex. identification of the studysection). 
  • Appendix (not counted in the two page LOI limit)
    • List citations from body of proposal
    • PI, Co-PI and Co-I biosketches
    • List key personnel
    • The appendix is not to be used to circumvent 2 page LOI limit 
  • Letters of support are not required but encouraged at the LOI stage

Letters of Intent will be accepted online here

Reporting Requirements: All publications, presentations, and other creative activities resulting from this award must include the following acknowledgement: “Funding was provided, in part, by the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) at the University of Kentucky.”  A one (1) page final report due at project completion detailing study enrollment, results, dissemination, and plans for future funding. 

Application deadlines and key dates:

  • April 1, 2022: Letters of Intent Due
  • April 22, 2022: Notice of Meritorius Letter of Intent
  • May 23, 2022: Full Applications Due
  • Mid-June: Notification of Funding Decision
  • Project period: 12 months from project start date (project start date dependent on IRB approval and disbursement of funds, but must be within 1 month of award notification date).

Apply Here

2022 CHET-CCTS Pilot RFA.pdf

For more information visit: https://www.ccts.uky.edu/funding-opportunities/health-disparity-health-equity-and-community-engagement-pilot-awards-2022

For questions contact Shyanika Rose, PhD, MA (s.rose@uky.edu).