Department of Pediatrics - Research

Small Grants

The goal of the Strong Children’s Research Center funding is to encourage collaboration and career development interactions between faculty at or above senior instructor level with a doctoral level degree and appointment greater than two (2) years. Priority will be given to the potential for extramural funding, career enhancing interactions for pediatric faculty, and significant mentoring relationships. Proposals in areas of basic science, translational science, and health services research are welcome.


Support for one year starts July 1 and ranges from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on budgetary requirements and scientific merit. Progress reports are due 12 months after funding. Budget for one year to be spent over six (6) months without penalty upon request. Progress reports are due after 12 months of funding. Thus, this would be an automatic six (6) month extension, and the PI would have to apply for more time if desired.

While this proposal may be alternative to extramural applications, it is expected that a more extensive proposal will be submitted to extramural agencies within 24 months after this award is made.

Timetable and Review Process

  • April 18
    Preliminary Applications Due – one page summary of proposal and one page summary of the role of collaborators and mentor if any.
  • April 28
  • Selection of meritorious preliminary applications and notification of successful applicants.
  • May 30 
    Deadline for Final Detailed Proposals – this includes up to 10 pages for specific aims, background, methodological approaches, and preliminary findings. In addition, applications must include CVs and support sections for PI and collaborators and an itemized budget.
  • July 1
    Notification of successful applications. Funding will begin July 1, 2014.


Download the application form and biosketch form.

Please email an electronic copy of the application (Preliminary or Final Proposal) to:

For the detailed proposals, Department of Pediatrics applicants will adhere to customary review and internal sign-off by the Department of Pediatrics Research Administrations (Marti Preston) or the PCRO for clinical grants (Nick Ferraio) prior to final submission.

No salary support for the principal investigator can be budgeted from these grants.

Publications resulting from this funding should list the support of the Strong Children’s Research Center.