Funding Opportunities

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 $5,000 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 three (3) 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 at the University of Kentucky and the National Institutes of Health

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-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.