The Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development (CCHBD) sponsors a variety of funding opportunities to assist in career development for clinical researchers.

CCHBD Hearst Endowment Fellowship Awards

The CCHBD Hearst Endowment Fellowship Awards promote innovative research on how to improve health and behavioral outcomes in vulnerable populations. This annual program is open only to CCHBD members.

CCHBD Mentored Scholars Award


Dr. Amy Lewandowski received a CCHBD Mentored Scholars award in 2011 for her project on chronic pain.

The CCHBD recognizes the need for junior faculty to develop skills in clinical research methodology and to complete pilot research projects before they apply for independent funding. Our Mentored Scholars Program fills this gap, giving junior faculty the means to prepare for careers in clinical or outcomes research. It combines a mentored pediatric clinical research experience with salary support, protected time and additional resources needed. It is anticipated that successful applicants will submit a competitive K award within the first year.

CCHBD Pilot Funding


Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, 2011 pilot award recipient.

The CCHBD Pilot Funding Program helps CCHBD researchers gather crucial pilot data for an R01 submission or resubmission. Twice a year, the program awards up to $20,000 to two projects for a one-year period. This program is open only to CCHBD members.

CCHBD Small Grant Program

The CCHBD small grant program provides core support to CCHBD investigators' research programs for up to $10,000 per cycle to support one or more applications. This program does not require that an applicant have a specific grant proposal in mind. Instead, these funds can be used for equipment, software, biostatistical, part time support, etc.

Applicants are expected to submit:

  • A summary of the request
  • A detailed budget
  • An up-to-date biosketch

The one-page single spaced summary of the request should describe the project(s) that the award would support, how the funds will advance the career/research program of the individual and what the deliverable(s) will be at project completion (e.g., manuscripts). A detailed budget (one page maximum) should be submitted with the proposal. Funds must be spent over 12 months. Salary support for the investigator cannot be included.

Applications are due August 15 and December 15 to the CCHBD Steering Committee. Only CCHBD members may apply.

Bridge Funding Program

The Bridge Funding Program stabilizes CCHBD research programs and maintains productivity by supporting key research staff when extramural funding is temporarily disrupted.