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Pilot Award Program 2022 | Request for Applications


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. 

Current Funding Opportunity:

Funding Amount: The BHCOE will fund four applications up to $50,000 for 1 (one) year per Pilot Award. 

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

  • Implementation of new technologies to improve mental health care
  • Computational Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience research - basic, clinical and translational
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide prevention
  • Homelessness prevention
  • 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 

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) and plans for future funding
    • References (1 page)
  • Human Subjects Consideration (1 page). If applicable, please include a planned enrollment table
  • NIH Biosketch

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:

  • Friday, April 1, 2022: Deadline to submit application materials, 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Tuesday, May 31, 2022: Final decisions will be released to all grantees
  • Monday, June 13, 2022: Grant period begins
  • Monday, June 12, 2023:  Grant period ends
  • Friday, July 14, 2023: Final Report Due

For all questions pertaining to this funding opportunity, please contact Dr. Cameron Carter at