Pilot Award Program Funding Opportunity Closed

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Pilot Award Program 2020-2021

Request for Applications - Closed: Stay tuned for results

Behavioral Health Center of Excellence


The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) seeks applications to improve the mental health of Californians. The major goal of the Pilot Grant Program is to propel UC Davis faculty and researchers to positions of strength in competing for extramural funding and to strengthen collaborations with our community, regional and statewide partners. 


In 2015, 16 grantees were awarded pilot funding from the BHCOE across multi-disciplinary areas to advance mental health. These programs were aimed at reducing suicide risk in primary care settings, using mobile technology to detect early warning signs of mental health challenges in youth with early psychosis, the development of curriculum to improve the lives of adults with autism spectrum disorder, the development of an automated translation and transcription tool to use during live tele-psychiatry visits, the development of a community-based caregiver support model for the Latino population when caring for family members with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, among others. These projects lead to multiple publications, presentations at national conferences, and the submission of at least four large-scale grant applications to the NIH, CDC, and AHRQ to expand upon the work of this pilot project. The goal of the current funding opportunity is to model after these original grantees and propose a study that can be launched into a large-scale project, leading to future funding that will make a wide-spread impact on improving mental health care in California. 


Current Funding Opportunity 

Funding Amount: The BHCOE will fund 8 applicants up to $25,000 for 1 year per Pilot Award. 

Areas of Interest: The following were identified as potential areas of interest:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Neuroscience research - basic, clinical and translational
  • Services research and implementation science
  • Early identification and prevention
  • Shared services with jails, hospitals, courts, police, and other parts of the California Justice System which are impacted by mental health needs
  • Underserved populations
  • Reduction of stigma
  • Co-location of medical and mental health services; integrative care
  • Reinforcement of the safety net
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact 
  • Effect of Mass Isolation 

Eligibility: Faculty eligible to serve as PI’s on extramural applications to the NIH and other Federal and State agencies, Foundations and Corporate partners. 

Application Materials: Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF with each of the following components:

  • Cover Letter (1 page)
  • Research Proposal (5 pages total)
    • Specific Aims (1 page)
    • Background and Significance (1 page)
    • Innovation and Approach (2 pages)
    • References (1 page)
  • Human Subjects Consideration (1 page). If applicable, please include a planned enrollment table. 
  • NIH Biosketch (1 page)
  • Letters of Support. Two letters of support are required. One letter should be from your Department Chair. 

Program Requirements for Awardees: For applicants who are chosen to be funded, a final progress report will be required 30 days following the conclusion of the funding period.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Deadline to submit application materials, 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Final decisions will be released to all grantees
  • Monday, June 15, 2020: Grant period begins
  • Monday, June 14, 2021:  Grant period ends
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Final Report Due

For all questions pertaining to this funding opportunity, please contact Jamie Mouzoon at jmouzoon@ucdavis.edu.