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Research Funding Opportunities

*New Funding Opportunity Announced*

ACTRI Mini Grants

The purpose of the ACTRI mini grants is to create a team and develop a project, methods or tools. The purpose of these mini grants is not human subject research or to fund research projects. The mini grants are intended to provide assistance in developing biostats methods or preparing for a trial, supporting preliminary work and team building, and re-enforcing the importance of team science. Available to junior full-time faculty who are ACTRI members and are proposing collaborative projects. Teams must consist of:

  • engineer or basic scientists and clinical or population scientists;
  • researcher and biostatistician; clinical researchers and population scientist;
  • biostatistician and community engagement (e.g., precision medicine)

Funds will be available in $10,000 allotments, with approximately 4 – 6 available opportunities per year. No submission deadline, but awards must be spent in full by April 30 of received grant fiscal year. Funds cannot be used to pay faculty salaries, but may be used to pay:

  • Grad student stipend (not tuition)
  • Postdoc salary
  • Equipment, software, etc.

To apply, provide a maximum 500-word description of the proposed research with specifics on how funding would be spent to advance the science of the project. Applicants must include an NIH-style biosketch. Email both documents to Kathleen Kennedy.

Please email Murray Stein, MD, MPH or call 858-534-6451; or Kathleen Kennedy or call 858-822-0268 with any questions about this opportunity or application process.

Pilot Project Grants

One-year competitive cash awards to obtain preliminary data. Funding priority is given to early-career faculty members. Several award categories are offered. Calls for proposals occur annually. Click here for more information

Community Engagement Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grants

are small competitive grants ($15,000 for one year) intended to support community-based research by strengthening collaborative partnerships between the university and local communities. These funds are to be used for the development of new projects. Calls for proposals occur annually. Click here for more information

Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM)

is a collaboration between UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM). GEM projects identify clinical challenges for which engineering solutions can be developed and implemented to improve health care ($50,000 to $100,000 for up to 18 months). These competitive awards are intended to leverage UC San Diego's strengths in clinical care and engineering. Calls for proposals occur at least annually. Click here for more information

To view a list of past awardees, click here.

Murray Stein

Murray Stein, MD
Director of ACTRI Pilot Project Funding 
Phone: (858) 534-6451

Shelia Broyles, PhD

Shelia Broyles, PhD
Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grants
Phone: (619) 681-0664