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HPDP Planning Grants

On an annual basis, HPDP accepts applications for one-year planning grants to help UNC faculty conduct pilot projects in health promotion/disease prevention research using a community engagement approach. UNC faculty who currently affiliate with the Center as Research Fellows as well as UNC faculty new to HPDP are encouraged to apply.

HPDP is interested in funding pilot projects that will lead to new applications for extramural research funding and welcomes the opportunity to assist with and administer future grant applications resulting from the pilots.

Current Awardees


  • Strengthening Cannabis Warnings — Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH (School of Medicine) and Leah Ranney, PhD, MA (School of Medicine)

Past Awardees


  • Pilot Study Assessing Mental Health Symptom Burden and Adoption of Secondary Prevention Measures After Myocardial Infarction — Montika Bush, PhD, MStat (School of Medicine)
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Experiences of the Menopause Transition Among Midlife Latinas — Yamnia Cortés, PhD, MPH, FNP (School of Nursing)
  • “If you Build it, She will Come”: Design and Development of a Culturally Relevant Digital Health Tool to Treat Binge Eating and Obesity in Black Women — Rachel Goode, PhD, MPH, MSW (School of Social Work)

2019 (Inaugural Year)

  • Addressing Basic Needs Security in UNC Students: A Formative Study — Molly De Marco, PhD, MPH (Gillings School of Global Public Health)

CDC Special Interest Project (SIP) Funding

Faculty at UNC are eligible to apply for Special Interest Project (SIP) Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through HPDP. Special Interest Projects address a gap in scientific evidence or focus on a particular topic of interest. Researchers represent diverse medical and social science disciplines, including health promotion, epidemiology, and behavioral science.

2022 Special Interest Projects

  • SIP 22-001: Process, Outcome, and Cost Evaluation of Free Sunscreen Dispensers in Outdoor Community Settings
  • SIP 22-002: Electronic Health Record Study to Examine Factors and Diagnostic Pathways that Facilitate Early Ovarian Cancer Diagnoses
  • SIP 22-003: Improving and Evaluating Measures to Identify Tics and Tic Disorders Including Tourette Syndrome in Children in Epidemiologic Studies and Clinical Settings
  • SIP 22-004: Disability and Health Data Collaborative: Using Data to Promote the Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities
  • SIP 22-005: Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE): Enhancing Practical Guidance to Support Climate and Health Adaptation Planning
  • SIP 22-006: Dementia Risk Reduction Research Network – Collaborating Centers
  • SIP 22-007: COVID-19 and Women: An Assessment of Challenges and Lessons Learned to Enhance Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Women and Families

For more information, please refer to the CDC Request for Applications (RFA). A detailed description of the SIPs begins on page 47. To check for updates or changes to the RFA, or to subscribe to notifications of future changes, visit

If you might be interested in submitting a proposal for one of these opportunities, please refer to the important dates below. Please note that only one application per SIP is allowable. If there is interest from multiple PIs, we will do our best to coordinate efforts or, if necessary, request brief applications for consideration by blinded internal reviewers to decide which proposal moves forward.

Important Dates

  • CDC Pre-Application Informational Call: 01/18/2022, 1:30-3:30 PM (To request call-in information, contact
  • Expressions of interest to Alice Ammerman, Beverly Garcia, and Christina Rodriguez: 01/25/2022 (Earlier is always better!)
  • Letter of Intent due to CDC: 02/03/2022
  • Internal Processing Form (IPF) due to UNC OSR: 02/25/2022
  • Application Due to CDC: 03/04/2022
  • Estimated Start Date: 09/30/2022

For questions, please send one email to all three members of the HPDP leadership team: