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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. A Request for Applications will be released in the spring of 2022 for the next cycle of HPDP planning grants.

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.

Past Awardees


  • 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)
  • Pilot Study Assessing Mental Health Symptom Burden and Adoption of Secondary Prevention Measures After Myocardial Infarction — Montika Bush, PhD, MStat (School of Medicine)

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 (SIPs) 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.

2021 Special Interest Projects

  • Adolescent Health
    • SIP 21-001: Integrating social emotional well being w/ physical activity & nutrition practices in school-based out-of-school time (OST) programs: a demonstration project
  • Alcohol
    • SIP 21-002: Examining Contexts of Alcohol Availability and Accessibility
  • Arthritis
    • SIP 21-003: Evaluating alternative delivery models for arthritis-appropriate evidence based physical activity and self-management interventions
  • Cancer Prevention and Care
    • SIP 21-004: Development, Evaluation and Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Increase Sun Safety among Outdoor Workers
    • SIP 21-005: Feasibility of a Model Cancer Screening Surveillance Report Using All-Payer Claims Data
    • SIP 21-006: Increasing Genetic Counseling Referrals Among Patients At-Risk for BRCA-Associated Cancers
  • Epilepsy
    • SIP 21-007: Epilepsy incidence and etiology: important information for public health prevention and health promotion in the US community
  • Lupus
    • SIP 21-008: Examining approaches to improve care and management of people with lupus
  • Maternal, Infant and Child Health
    • SIP 21-009: Mental Health of Mothers Study (MHOMS) and Substance Use Evaluation Network
  • Health Care Access and Quality
    • SIP 21-010: Engagement of Community Health Workers to Reduce Racial Discrimination and Improve Hypertension Management

For more information, please refer to the summary of opportunities and the full announcement provided by the CDC.

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 Webinar/Information Session: 01/14/2021, 1:30-3:30 PM (To request call-in information, contact
  • Expressions of interest to Alice Ammerman, Beverly Garcia, and Christina Rodriguez: 01/15/2021 (earlier is always better!)
  • Letter of Intent due to CDC: 01/25/2021
  • Application Due to CDC: 02/24/2021
  • Estimated Start Date: 09/30/2021

For questions, please contact Alice Ammerman, HPDP Director (; Beverly Garcia, Managing Director, Research and Operations (; and Christina Rodriguez, Associate Director, Grants and Finance (