Center for Global Health Faculty Pilot Grants

MUSC Center for Global Health
Request for Applications (RFA) for Faculty Pilot Project Grants
RFA Release Date:  Monday, June 3, 2019

Full Proposal (6 page limit) Deadline: July 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m. EST
Earliest anticipated award notification: September 5, 2019
Late Applications will not be reviewed. 

MUSC Center for Global Health RFA for Faculty Pilot Project Grants (PDF)

The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce that it will fund several pilot project grants for up to $20,000 for a 12-month period. Through this RFA, the CGH seeks to provide pilot funds to stimulate research in low and middle-income countries, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to become the basis of a competitive extramural research grant application. The prime purpose of these awards is to strengthen the applicant’s ability to secure subsequent research funding.  Projects that have the best potential for future growth and external funding will be prioritized for funding. Applications that include matching funds will be given preference.

This funding mechanism is designed to support research in low and middle-income countries (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website).  Applicants should describe plans for how the results generated will be applied to obtain future external funding, as this is one of the highest weighted evaluation criteria

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Examples of research topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Studies assessing the prevalence of diseases, behaviors, or health conditions;
  • Pilot studies assessing the effectiveness of novel health intervention strategies;
  • Assessment of the acceptability, feasibility, and/or safety of health interventions;
  • Health services research targeted to low-income settings;
  • Formative research (including qualitative studies) to develop novel health intervention strategies;
  • Development of health technologies appropriate for low-income countries in which in-country assessment is part of the research plan;
  • Laboratory studies using samples from low-income settings;
  • Applications focusing exclusively on health interventions and services and capacity-building activities that are not evaluated for impact will be considered non-responsive to the RFA.
  • Applications focusing exclusively on travel, conference attendance, or organizing conferences and meetings will be considered non-responsive to the RFA.

Principal Investigator (PI) must have primary faculty appointment at MUSC. Those in “visiting” or “adjunct status” or those pending appointments are not eligible. Applicants at all levels are eligible, and early-career investigators are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must not have existing funding that can support the proposed research. Proposals may include collaborators from other institutions but the PI must be MUSC faculty.