Population Health Initiative Pilot Research Grants

Closing Date

University of Washington Population Health Initiative

Pilot Research Grants

The Population Health Initiative seeks to create a world where all people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. In support of that vision, the initiative is pleased to announce a funding call for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Applications for the next round of funding are due on Friday, February 9, 2018.

These grants are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address critical components of the grand challenges the University of Washington seeks to address in population health.

The performance period for these pilot grants is one calendar year, and cost extensions will not be allowed. Another funding call is planned for winter quarter 2019.

Application Guidelines

Faculty members from all three University of Washington campuses (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are encouraged to apply for population health pilot research grants.

To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across UW departments and campuses, applications will only be accepted from project teams made up of two or more principal investigators (PIs). Each PI must hold primary appointments in different and distinct academic departments.

Applications should address a component of at least one of the population health grand challenges identified by the UW. Applications must also represent a new project, innovation or research direction for each of the PIs. The proposed project should provide preliminary data or proof of concept needed to seek outside funding and support. Pilot grant applications should not be an extension of well-established, ongoing or recently funded studies or projects. Pilot grant applications should not be used to bridge funding for existing work.

All applicants must document the support of their respective department (or college/school). While not required, cost sharing is one demonstration of this commitment.

Funds will be disbursed to the department of a single designated Co-PI for day-to-day administration. Budgets must be able to accept revenue transfers.

If awarded, applicants will be required to submit a mid-project written update to the Population Health Initiative detailing their progress against their project evaluation plan. A final report detailing project accomplishments and final budget reconciliation will be due within 60 calendar days following the end of the funding period.


  • Application Period Opens: January 8, 2018
  • Application Deadline: February 9, 2018 (11:59 p.m. Pacific)
  • Awardees Notified: mid March, 2018
  • Period of Performance: May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019