Funding Opportunities

Career Development Awards  |  Community Engagement Projects   |   Pilot Projects   |   Rapid Response Mini-Grants  |   Additional Opportunities

Career Development Awards

Closed on July 24, 2020

Career Development Awards are limited to full-time faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor (all title series are eligible including regular, research, clinical and special) at UK, and is intended to support early-career investigators as they build their capacity to design and implement innovative,  studies in environmental health sciences that will lead to NIEHS pilot and extramural funding. Post-doctoral trainees are not eligible for this award.

The Career Development Awards [up to $60,000 in total direct costs, plus 50.5% for Facilities and Administrative Costs (F&A) for up to 20 months] will be made on a competitive basis to support activities designed to grow the faculty member’s EHS program of research. It is anticipated that funds will be available for 1-2 awards depending on the number of meritorious applications and needs of the specific project.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Career Development Program page on our website.


Community Engagement Core Projects

Closed on August 3, 2020

The University of Kentucky Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (UK-CARES) is excited to announce the 2020 Request for Applications (RFAs) for Community Engagement Projects. Community organizations serving southeastern Kentucky can apply for funding of up to $10,000 to support community-engaged environmental health projects.  Each application must designate at least one UK faculty collaborator. Projects must contribute to the prevention or treatment of environmentally-induced diseases in the Big Sandy, Kentucky River, and Cumberland Valley Area Development Districts. Priority areas considered for funding are air quality, water quality, healthy homes, radon exposure and youth engaged citizen science. Projects that combine the arts and environmental health are encouraged.

If you are interested in applying, please click here to download the RFA and/or view the online application.

Please contact or call 859-323-4587, if you have questions or would like more information.
UK-CARES can help connect you with a UK faculty collaborator, if needed.


Pilot Projects Program

The UK-CARES Pilot Project Program provides two funding opportunities. Click on the headers below to view additional details about the application process.

Pilot Projects

Early Career Investigator Award
This award is intended to support pilot studies by early stage investigators to obtain preliminary data for an extramural grant submission. This award may provide the research funds required to apply for the UK-CARES Career Development program. The maximum award will be $25,000 in direct costs which must be spent over 10 months. This award is only open to investigators in the early stage of their career (NIH definition), or investigators who are transitioning into a new area. Applicants must identify a mentor to assist with the investigator’s training.

Innovation and High Impact Award
This award is for investigators at all stages of career development; early career, midlevel, and senior investigators, and is intended to stimulate innovation and to support pilot studies that will lead to extramural funding. Pilot grants will support projects that catalyze new research opportunities, expand research interactions with citizen scientists, volunteer faculty, or bring new dimensions to the Center. The total award is limited to $50,000 in direct costs which must be spent over 10 months.

Rapid Response Mini-Grants

Small grants of up to $10,000 are available to strengthen applications for extramural research funding (for example, NIH R or K-awards or awards from private foundations) or address reviewer’s comments for a manuscript. For example, funds can be used for personnel support, analysis of existing biological samples or environmental sampling with existing populations.  These grants are limited to seven (7) months in duration. Because of the short duration of these proposals, the required documentation such as IRB, IACUC, etc., needs to be in place at the time of submission.  This mechanism will not fund clinical trials (NIH definition).


Additional Funding Opportunities

UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program

The UK CURE Alliance requests applications for funding to support COVID-19 research projects across the entire research spectrum from foundational basic science research to population level outcomes research. Full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky are eligible to apply.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in mission-relevant research to understand the impact of environmental exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-Cov-2). NIEHS is particularly interested in applications that will provide insight into the role of environmental exposures in pathogenicity, transmission, individual susceptibility, or prevention and intervention strategies.

NIH Central Resource for Grants and Funding

UK-CARES is committed to supporting its members with the resources and information needed to develop a successful research proposal. Environmental health researchers at UK have an opportunity to collaborate with center leadership to respond to several NIH Notices of Special Interest related to COVID-19.

  • NOT-ES-20-017 - NIEHS Worker Training Program Coronavirus and Infectious Disease Response Training (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • NOT-ES-20-020 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIEHS Support for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • RFA-ES-19-011 - Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • NOT-NS-20-029 - Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements for Existing NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) Program Research Grants and Cooperative Agreement Awards

  • NOT-NS-20-030 - Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements to Promote and Expand into the Research and Development of Medical Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats

  • NOT-OD-20-097 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • NOT-OD-20-121 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Limited Competition for Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community-Engaged Research on COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations
  • NOT-CA-20-042 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): National Cancer Institute Announcement Regarding Availability of Urgent Competitive Revision and Administrative Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

NIH also issued a notice providing guidance for NIH-funded clinical trials and human subjects studies affected by COVID-19 and a notice with general FAQs regarding proposal submission and award management related to COVID-19.