Pilot Projects


University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health 

Pilot Research Program

Notice of Upcoming Request for Proposal: 2019-2020




The mission of the University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH) is to improve the health of rural communities in Iowa, the surrounding states and the U.S. The PRC-RH has three main thematic areas of focus:

  • Rural and/or micropolitan area health disparities
  • Advancing understanding of the relationships between social and structural determinants and health outcomes in rural and/or micropolitan areas
  • Developing and testing interventions for, or adaptation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to rural and/or micropolitan populations


Objectives of the PRC-RH Pilot Research Program

The primary objectives of the pilot project program are to encourage the development of new research projects that advance one or more of the main thematic foci of the PRC-RH listed above. We are particularly interested in pilot research projects focusing on Iowa communities and that partner with community organizations or community members in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of the project. We intend to fund projects that have potential to produce results that can serve as preliminary data for submission of a future NIH R21, RO1 or equivalent grant mechanism.


Who May Apply

Any faculty member, research scientist, or post-doctoral trainee with expertise and interest in at least one of the PRC-RH foci listed above is encouraged to apply. Proposals submitted by trainees must have a faculty sponsor and a letter confirming that support. Study proposals involving animals or basic bench science will not be considered responsive to this RFP.



One award will be given for the 2019-2020- funding cycle. The pilot project will be limited to a maximum budget of $20,000 (direct) and must be implemented within a year (June 1, 2020-May 31, 2021). Funding is available for the usual categories of cost in an NIH grant, such as salary and fringe for research assistants, supplies, equipment, data analysis cost, participant remuneration, travel associated with research (but not to attend professional meetings), and office expenses. Faculty salary support is not eligible under this pilot project program. No funds can be included for indirect costs.


Submission Procedure, Deadline, and Award Date

The full RFP will be released in January 2020 and applications will be accepted through March 31, 2020 with announcement of the award made May 1, 2020. Projects will begin no earlier than June 1, 2020 but are contingent on IRB approval, and run until May 31, 2021. Information about previously awarded pilot projects is available on the UI PRC website http://cph.uiowa.edu/prc/


Contact Information: Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Heidi Haines, PRC-RH Center Coordinator. P: 319-335-8350 E: heidi-haines@uiowa.edu.