UWPRC Small Grants Program Request for Applications

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) is pleased to announce a small grant competition to support research to promote maternal and child health and health equity. Grants are intended to support small-scale and innovative research projects, especially those that will provide preliminary data leading to larger research efforts. Proposals on a wide range of topics are invited but should fall under the core research areas of the UWPRC, which include population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families.

All UW-Madison faculty, scientists and post-doctoral fellows conducting health promotion or disease prevention research at UW-Madison are invited to apply. Grants can be single- or multi-investigator.

Grants will range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 for a 12-month period (estimated funding period Sept 30, 2020-Sept 29, 2021). We anticipate that the average grant will be $15,000. Funds can be used to support research assistance, data or analysis costs, community engagement efforts, and salary.

For early career investigators, the grant will be awarded with an additional stipend ($1,500) for a senior faculty mentor to provide ongoing support and feedback related to the funded research and possibly to new grant submissions resulting from the work.

Number of Awards
We expect to fund on average 3-5 projects per year.

Application Process
By August 17th, please submit no more than 8 page written narrative and 5-page biosketch(es) for all investigators (in any format). Please use single-spaced text, no less than half-inch margins and 11-point font. Materials can be submitted by email to the UWPRC (prc@wisc.edu) that contains:
• Specific Aims
• Significance
• Methods
• Timeline and expected products
• Statement about IRB / or plans for human subjects
• Requested budget and accompanying narrative using the standard NIH format

The proposal will be reviewed by a committee of three to five academic and community partners.
We expect to notify awarded projects by September 15th, 2020. Awarded projects must demonstrate IRB approval or exemption before funding can be released.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Alignment with the mission of the UWPRC
    a. The mission of the UWPRC is to improve the health of low-income women, infants and families through the conduct of high-quality applied health promotion and disease prevention research with a focus on achieving health equity.
    b. Please contact the UWPRC at prc@wisc.edu if you are interested in learning about potential limited technical assistance opportunities offered by our team.
  2. Potential impact of research on the field population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families
  3. Probability that the research will ultimately result in important findings that could be disseminated for academic and non-academic audiences
  4. Qualifications of investigator(s). Early career investigators are especially encouraged to apply and will be given priority.
  5. Feasibility to complete work in expected timeline

If you have any questions, please email the UWPRC team at prc@wisc.edu.

Access a PDF of the UWPRC Small Grant Program RFA here.