Funding Opportunities

The HDR@UCR Center’s training and research activities include a variety of novel funding opportunities, available to UCR postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (clinical, basic sciences, and social sciences), and teams of researchers.

HDR new Pilot grant solicitation for December 2022

We are seeking new proposals for projects in health disparities. Proposals can be for Pilot Interdisciplinary Collaborative research awards (PIC), which are aimed at promoting research teams across disciplines, or for Fostering Interdisciplinary Research -- Early Stage pilot grants (FIRST), which are aimed at helping emerging investigators in health disparities research.  We anticipate a submission deadline of December 1, 2022.

These pilot grants can be funded up to $50,000 direct costs for a one-year project. Over the past four years we have awarded over 20 pilot grants at UCR, and for this round we anticipate awarding 1 or 2 new pilot grant awards. Faculty with an appointment at any UCR college or school are eligible.

Recently funded pilot grants

Details on the required components of a proposal

All proposals are required to include a community engagement component, and you are encouraged to contact Michelle Burroughs ( at the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core for help with identifying community partners for this component.

While we encourage proposals on almost any topic aimed at understanding health disparities, in this solicitation we are especially interested in proposals on any of the following topics:

  • Impacts of climate change and chronic drought with disparate health effects in underserved communities.
  • Mechanisms of the reproduction of racial ideologies that reinforce structural racism and contribute to health disparities.
  • Impacts of community-based organization activities on dissemination of health information in underserved communities.
  • Financial education and impacts in communities.
  • Environmental justice and health: Disparities in health impacts of environmental toxic exposures.
  • Information and misinformation impact on health in underserved communities.

If you have any questions about the writing or submission of proposals, please contact Dr. Lo ( 

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Interdisciplinary Research Working Groups (IRWG)

Funding is available to support Interdisciplinary groups of researchers with a specific focus on a health disparity topic. The theme must be problem-focused and relevant to the health disparities as defined by this center. From IRWG activities, program trainee applicants may also emerge, and funding for research goals is also available to the IRWGs (see FIRST and PIC grants).

IRWG Proposal Instructions

Fostering Interdisciplinary Research-early STage (FIRST) Pilot Grants

These are transition awards aimed at increasing early stage investigator (our program trainees) competitiveness for obtaining external funding for their research. Awards will be offered annually in the amount of up to $50,000 for 12-to-18 months.

U54 Application Template

Pilot Interdisciplinary Collaborative (PIC) Research Awards

These grants are awarded to interdisciplinary research working groups to support their research goals. Awards will be offered annually in the amount of up to $50,000 for 12-to-18 months.

U54 Application Template