CRHD Pilot Awards

Pilot Awards to Understand and/or Reduce Health Disparities 

Request for Applications
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities seeks innovative pilot projects that address the goal of understanding and/or reducing health disparities.

Funding Opportunity Purpose:
The purpose of this pilot project program is to develop investigators with a high capacity to engage in partnerships with communities to conduct high-quality health disparities research. Community partnerships are intended to leverage the experience and understanding of the community in identifying the root causes of health disparities that adversely affect health. Investigations of interest include the development, pilot testing, and/or dissemination of community-based studies to understand and/or eliminate health disparities.

Selected Research Examples:
Examples of supported research include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Partnering with LGBTQ organizations to understand gaps in the delivery of optimal healthcare to the LGBTQ community.
  • Joining with refugee organizations to explore the mental health needs of the refugee community.
  • Coordinating with faith-based organizations to develop novel interventions to improve healthcare access and delivery.
  • Partnering with healthy homes organizations to pilot test an intervention to improve the home environment of disadvantaged populations.
  • Collaborating with community stakeholders to identify facilitators to combating the opiate epidemic.

Program Structure:
Awardees will receive project assistance from the Investigator Development Core of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and its Community-Based Research Network (CBRN). Awardees will be expected to make presentations at our health disparities seminars and CBRN meetings and will be invited to interact with visiting speakers, contribute to a health disparities course, and participate in community dissemination forums.

This award is available to Case Western Reserve University and affiliated hospitals early stage investigators who are interested in partnering with community stakeholders to develop novel approaches to eliminating health disparities. Early stage investigators include post-doctoral fellows or faculty who have a university appointment no higher than assistant professor.

Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All applicants are encouraged to meet with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities’ Community-Based Research Consult Service  prior to submitting an application.

If you are in need of a community-based organization to partner with for your research project, please see this list of Community Research Scholars associated with the Center for Reducing Health Disparities: Community Research Scholar Agencies 

Regional technical assistance sessions will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, November 28th
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Case Western Reserve University, Thwing Center, room 302

Requests may be made for up to $50,000 in total (direct and indirect) costs paid over 1 year. The budget may not include salary support for the early stage investigator.

Requests to carry over unused funds will need to be accompanied by a strong justification and substantial evidence of progress in completing project tasks.

Three to four pilot projects will be funded each year.

Final decisions on all awards will be made by the National Institutes of Health.

Key Dates:
Posted Date: October 16, 2017
Earliest Submission Date: October 17, 2017
Application Due Date: December 15, 2017
Scientific Merit Review Date: January 7, 2018
NIH Review Date: January 19, 2018
Earliest Project Start Date: February 1, 2018

Submission of Application:
All applications should be submitted via WebGrants ( and must be received by 11:59PM EST, December 22, 2017.

Applicants must have or register for a WebGrants account. The RFA can be found in the WebGrants system under “FUNDING OPPROTUNITIES” and is titled “REDUCING HEALTH DISPARITIES PILOT GRANT 2017.”

For those that have an account and are logged into WebGrants, click here to go directly to the funding opportunity.

Applications should include the following:

  • Abstract (no more than 400 words)
  • Specific aims (not more than 1 page)
  • Background, significance, innovation, and methods (not more than 3 pages)
  • Career plans (not more than 1 page)
  • References
  • Biosketch of investigator(s)
  • Budget and budget justification for funding not to exceed $50,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) over 1 year.
  • Letters of support
  • Additional funding for the proposed project, if available.

For additional information contact:

Technical issues with WebGrants:
For additional information contact: Technical issues with WebGrants:

  • WebGrants Support ( or call 216-368-4669

Non-technical questions regarding this RFA or your application:

  • Dr. Joseph Sudano ( or 216-778-1399)
  • Dr. Daryl Thornton ( or 216-778-3732)
  • Jacqueline Dolata ( or 216-778-1792)

Click the link to view the pdf version: CRHD Pilot Awards PDF

Click the link to view frequently asked questions: Pilot Award FAQ