Full Application


The Initial Statement of the Research Question should be no longer than 500 words, and should include the following sections:

  1. Project Title.
  2. Principal Investigator (and Co-Investigators if applicable).
  3. Project Abstract: The overall purpose, specific aims and a brief statement of the methodology of the proposed research.
  4. Requested Budget Amount.

As part of CDUHR’s mentorship program, mentorship from at least two mentors (both within and outside of mentee area of research) is encouraged, particularly among early stage investigators and those new to HIV, HCV and substance use research. In the Mentorship Form, applicants are asked to indicate if they desire mentoring. Applicants seeking mentoring are asked to indicate a primary area they would like to receive mentoring, to indicate a desired area of mentorship that is outside of the applicant’s own discipline and which is complementary to the project, and to identify their preferred mentors from the list of senior CDUHR investigators (updated June 27, 2018), if applicable. When possible, mentors should be approached prior to development of the Research Question. At times, the selected mentor may not be available, and this can be discussed with the Core. Applicants already receiving mentorship are asked to identify the name, title, and affiliation of the senior investigator they are receiving mentorship from. Applicants who are not recipients of the CDUHR Pilot Projects Award remain eligible to receive mentorship if desired.

  • Applicants should submit a completed Initial Statement of the Research Question to CDUHR.pilot@nyu.edu by September 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
  • Please title the subject of the email Pilot Award Initial Statement and with the name of the applicant, i.e., project principal investigator (PI).
  • Applicants will be notified of their invitation to submit a full application via email by October 1, 2018.

Invited applications are due by November 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm via email submission to CDUHR.pilot@nyu.edu.

Please title the subject of the email Pilot Award Full Application and with the name of the applicant, i.e., project principal investigator (PI).

The full application requires the following components (documents should be single-spaced, half-inch margins on all sides, and use 11 point Arial font):

  1. Abstract: maximum 300 words
  2. Pilot Project Proposal: maximum of 3 pages in length. The proposal should include:
    • Specific aims
    • Background and significance
    • Responsiveness to CDUHR’s thematic focus of overcoming barriers to ending HIV/AIDS among PWUD
    • Research design & methods
    • Applicants should also identify if they meet one of the four aforementioned categories of researchers and/or if they meet one or more of the underrepresented groups in health-related research as specified by NIH/NIDA. (Appendices should not be submitted with the application.)
  3. Protection of human subjects
  4. References
  5. Budget Summary and Justification:
    • Timeline
    • Detailed budget (one page)
    • Budget justification in narrative form (one page)
    • Budget and budget justification should detail how CDUHR funds will be utilized in the research process. Both should closely reflect the work described in the proposal. Budgets should only include direct costs for a 12-month period. The maximum request available is $25,000. Budgets may include costs to collect and analyze data and participant incentives. No indirect costs will be awarded. Salaries of PIs or co-investigators should not be included. Pilot project funds may not be used to supplement or prolong ongoing research, to support dissertation research, and should not be used as bridge funds when other research support is no longer available.
  6. Investigator Biosketch: Please use the NIH Biosketch format (5 page maximum). An eRA Commons Username is not required for those who are not already registered.
  7. Consortium statement from the applicant’s home institution or school/college acknowledging that no indirect costs will be included with the award.
  8. Postdoctoral fellows must include a letter from the applicant’s home institution or school/college indicating that the term of the individual’s fellowship will extend beyond the end date for the proposed project.
Initial Statement of the Research & Mentorship Form Due: September 14, 2018 – 5:00 pm
Applicants Notified of Invitation to Apply (Standard): October 1, 2018
Full Application Due: November 15, 2018 – 5:00 pm
Announcement of Award: January 2019
Award Period: February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Mid-year Progress Report Due: August 1, 2019
Awardee Final Presentations: Fall 2020