UWPRC Small Grant Funding

2023-2024 UWPRC Small Grant Competition 

The UW-Madison Prevention Research Center (UWPRC) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Small Grant Competition to support research promoting 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 in population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families.

Proposed projects must align with the UWPRC’s focus on maternal and child health. Proposals should also work to advance health equity, address the social determinants of health (such as transportation, housing, poverty, food insecurity, etc.), and serve to improve the health of different communities across the state of Wisconsin. Of special interest are proposals that address one or more of the following priority areas identified by the UWPRC Community Advisory Board: 

  • Improving mental health for parents, children, and other caregivers 
  • Supporting fathers & other caregivers through programs and/or policies 
  • Supporting all families, defined in an inclusive way (e.g. extended families, LGBTQIA+ families, etc.) through programs and/or policies 
  • Addressing discrimination against people of color in healthcare 

If you have any questions or would like to request Technical Assistance for your application, please email the UWPRC team at prc@wisc.edu.

2023-2024 UWPRC Small Grant Competition RFA (PDF)

NOTE: Priority areas identified by the UWPRC Community Advisory Board have been updated to include “Supporting fathers & other caregivers through programs and/or policies” as an additional topic of special interest.

At least one applicant (PI, Co-I) must be employed by the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, or the Department of Population Health Sciences at the time of applications and award/project initiation.  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. PIs and investigators who have previously received funding through the PRC small grants will be given lower priority for funding. 

We anticipate that the average award will be $15,000. The maximum award is $30,000 for a 12-month period (estimated funding period September 29, 2023-Sept 28, 2024). Funds can be used to support research assistance, data or analysis costs, community engagement efforts, salary, and publication costs.  No cost extensions will not be considered, so please allocate funds to meet needs within the one-year period.

We expect to fund up to 6 projects (2 each through the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Department of Population Health Sciences).

By Monday, June 26th, 5 PM, please submit:

1) No more than 8 pages of written narrative. The narrative should contain:

  • An abstract written in plain language that can be reviewed by a non-academic audience (no more than 300 words).
  • Specific aims
  • Significance
  • Methods section clearly describing how your approach will accomplish project aims.
  • Community engagement plan, if applicable. Community engagement is strongly encouraged but not required. “Community” may be defined broadly to reflect communities and partners relevant to the specific project proposed.
  • Dissemination/Translation plan (no more than 300 words): Please explain the potential real-world applications of your work. Who should know about the results and how would they use those? If your work involves an intervention, who might adopt or cover the costs for sustaining the intervention, if successful? How would you share your findings with these audiences?
  • Timeline and expected products
  • Plan for IRB approval or exemption, if applicable.

2) No more than 5 pages (per investigator) of NIH format biosketch(es), or a CV accompanied by a paragraph describing the accomplishments and skills of the respective investigator.

3) Requested budget and accompanying narrative using the provided budget template .

Please use single-spaced text, no less than half-inch margins, and 11-point font. Materials must be submitted by email to the UWPRC (prc@wisc.edu).

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of three to five academic and community partners.

Applicants may be asked to give a brief virtual presentation of their proposed research at a meeting of the UWPRC’s Community Advisory Board on July 28, 2023.  Please hold 9AM to 1PM on July 28, 2023.

We expect to notify awarded projects by August 15, with an expected award start date of September 29, 2023. Awarded projects must demonstrate IRB approval or exemption before funding can be released. Awardees will need to provide a mid-year and final progress report and be responsive to UWPRC requests for project updates and participation in UWPRC events. Publications resulting from grants must be made available in accordance with the CDC Public Access to Publications policy.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1) Alignment with the mission of the 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.

2) Responsiveness to the areas of special interest identified by the UWPRC Community Advisory Board.

3) Potential impact of research on the field of population health and wellbeing, health equity, or disease prevention for women, children, and families.

4) Probability that the research will ultimately result in important findings that could be disseminated for academic and non-academic audiences and provide a basis (e.g. preliminary results) for future research.

5) Qualifications of investigator(s). Early career investigators are especially encouraged to apply and will be given priority.

6) Feasibility to complete work in expected timeline.

7) The extent of relevant community engagement.

Descriptions of projects previously funded through the UWPRC Small Grant Competition can be accessed here.