Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
Health Disparities Research Development Awards
Research projects that involve community partnerships can be difficult to get off the ground due to a lack of funding for the initial phase of the research. CEMHD has developed a University-funded grant program that helps resolve this problem by providing funds for pilot studies that employ community-based participatory research (CBPR) methodologies. Each year, it awards several grants of $5,000-$6,000 for projects that show promise to develop into fully-funded, large-scale investigations supported by federal agencies.
We expect to initiate another round of awards in the fall of 2013.
Who can apply?
University at Albany faculty and staff, and community partners who are
interested in conducting research whose goals are consistent with the aims of
the Center to apply for support. The Center’s aims are the following:
community health concerns and sources of disparities;
strategies to alleviate them, and
Center associates who were previously
funded by this grant remain eligible to apply for these funds. Research projects can be the further
development of a pilot project previously funded by the Center or a new idea as
long as it is consistent with the mission of the CEMHD.
We encourage Center associates who
were community partners on previously-funded projects and who have ideas for
continuation projects to contact faculty to collaborate on an application.
Community partners can address questions
about appropriate faculty members to Lawrence Schell, Robert Miller Jr., Wilma
Alvarado-Little or David Strogatz. Contact information is available at our
When complete, the research should be the basis for
an application to a federal funding source, such as, but not limited to, the
National Institutes of Health, for a larger-scale study (R-01 or R-03).
The award is for $6,000. Funds should be expended by June 11, 2013. Extensions may be possible but are not
The stated goals of the research are
The stated goals are consistent with
the goals of the CEMHD.
(This element also suggests the proposed research is potentially
significant to the elimination of minority health disparities.)
The narrative and supporting
literature are consistent with the goals of the study.
The research questions are clearly
stated and consistent with the goals of the research.
The methods section is consistent
with both the stated goals and the research question.
The research plan (method) is
feasible given the budget.
The successful completion of this
research has a high likelihood for resulting in a publishable journal
The successful completion of this
research effort will position the researcher to use this as pilot data for
future external funding.
The principal investigator and the
team are qualified to conduct the research.
The research will positively expand
and or deepen the research portfolio of the CEMHD.
The researcher has included a letter
of support from the community collaborator.
The researcher describes collaboration
with stakeholders in the research.
The next research development award competition is scheduled for the fall semester of 2013.
Proposal Due February 20, 2012
A workshop will be held on Feb. 7th in AS 104 from 9 -11 am to show investigators how to incorporate partnership research and CBPR strategies into their proposed research agendas. Applicants not already affiliated with the Center are strongly encouraged to attend. Deadline
Applications must be received
electronically by close of business on Feb. 20, 2012.
Award recipients will be notified by
email by April 15, 2012.
Your application will consist of responses
to the questions below.
1. Describe the goals of the study (50
words max). Be specific and concrete,
and refer to short-term goals.
application is for a continuation of a project the Center has previously funded,
please do the following:
a. Restate the original goals (50 words
b. describe the progress made toward
achieving them (150 words max).
2. Describe in concrete terms the
activities that will be conducted and how you expect them to accomplish the study’s
goal(s). (200 words max).
3. Describe how the project will
contribute to the elimination of minority health disparities (75 words max).
4. Describe the relationship of the project
to community needs as identified by your community partner (100 words max).
5. Obtain a letter of support from your
community partner on letterhead and include it with your application.
6. Submit a budget, and justify the
budget in light of the project’s goals and activities. A nominal payment to the
principal investigator is allowed.
Applications should be
submitted to Lynda Peckowitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email as an attached
WORD document with the letter of support scanned and attached, or by postal
mail to Lynda Peckowitz, AS 237, University at Albany, Albany NY 12222. Please copy email applications to: Robert
Miller email@example.com, Lawrence Schell firstname.lastname@example.org, and Janine Jurkowski email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation email from Lynda Peckowitz within 24
hours of your submission, which completes the application process.
Please direct questions to Drs.
Schell (442-4714), Miller (442-5374) or Jurkowski (402-0420).