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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.

2023 Special Interest Projects

  • SIP 23-001: Effective Community Conversations for Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake
    • This SIP seeks to obtain unique, in-depth insights on what makes community-level vaccine conversations effective. These insights can be used to help federal, state, and local entities develop effective programs for future community-level vaccine messengers, with the aim of increasing adult vaccination uptake. It is anticipated that approximately $500,000-$1,500,000 is available to fund 1-3 Prevention Research Centers for a 1-year project period. The year one ceiling per recipient is $500,000, and includes direct and indirect costs.

For more information, please refer to the CDC Request for Applications (RFA). A detailed description of the SIP begins on page 42. 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 SIP proposal, 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

  • Expressions of interest due to Alice Ammerman, Beverly Garcia, and Christina Rodriguez: 01/13/2023 (email,,
  • Letter of Intent due to CDC: 02/03/2023
  • CDC Pre-Application Informational Call: 02/07/2023, 2:00-3:00 PM (Call-in information will be provided at a later date.)
  • Internal Processing Form (IPF) due to UNC OSP: 02/24/2023
  • Application Due to CDC: 03/03/2023
  • Estimated Start Date: 09/30/2023

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

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)