Full Pilot Project Applications

Full Pilot Projects Applications

Round 4 Funding Period: August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022 
RFA Announcement: June 02,2021
Electronic Letter of Intent Package Due: 5 PM, June 14, 2021 
Full Application Invitation: June 29,2021
Full Application Power Point Due: 5pm, CDT, July 19, 2021
EC/IAC Review: August 31, 2021 
JIT Due: 5pm, CDT, September 15, 2021

The GC-CPEH, a joint initiative of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health announces the availability of funds to support pilot studies designed to promote precision environmental health research at the intersection of genetics/epigenetics, environmental health, and data science to understand individual and place-based determinants of disease risk.  Proposals are open to all investigators from the supporting Institutions (BCM, UTHealth, and UTMB) who are eligible for federal funding and should be compatible with the GC-CPEH’s mission.  Successful applications will have objectives to advance environmental health research, or environmentally-based community outreach and engagement.  Center member privileges will be extended to non-Center members who receive pilot project funding, which include subsidies during the funding period through the Matching Funds Core Utilization Program for use of Center-sponsored Facility Cores.

The Pilot Projects are for one year with no opportunity for extension (including no-cost extensions), and a budget not to exceed $40,000.  Applications from junior investigators, those proposing the use of GC-CPEH Facility Cores, and collaborative projects are especially encouraged.  Involvement of collaborators from other institution(s) is permitted.  An investigator may apply for only one award per grant round as PI or Co-PI.


Exposure, biomarkers; epigenomics; genomics; genome/epigenome-environment interactions; comparative biology; big data; bioinformatics; epidemiology; toxicology; public health; community health and outreach; disaster research response (DR2); microbiome; disease susceptibility.

Electronic Letter of Intent Package

Your letter of intent (LOI) package must include a cover letter, a one-page summary of the research objectives (Background and Specific Aims) and PI NIH Biosketch(es).  The package will be reviewed by the GC-CPEH Executive Committee for relevance to the Center’s mission, and up to 12 LOIs will be invited to prepare a full application using the guidelines described below.  The LOI package should be sent electronically to Tracie Albritton at taalbrit@utmb.edu no later than 5:00 PM on June 14, 2021.

Application Preparation and Review Information

The GC-CEPH Internal Advisory Committee will evaluate invited Pilot Project applications using an oral review process. The applicant will be scheduled for a 15-minute oral presentation describing the research proposal, followed by 10 minutes for questions.  The applicant is expected to describe the significance, innovation, approach (including the specific aims for the pilot project as well as future research objectives), present an itemized budget, and identify anticipated use of Center-supported Facility Cores if applicable.  The applicant is required to submit their PowerPoint slide deck (submitted to Tracie Albritton) in advance of their scheduled presentation (time and date to be determined).  The presentation will be conducted remotely, and every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant’s schedule in choosing a time for the presentation.

Contact Information

Tracie Albritton, Senior Administrative Manager, GC-CPEH at UTMB
E-mail: taalbrit@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-750-1073


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