Pilot Grant Program

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania is making pilot grant funding available for research with public and community health relevance.

This call for proposals is open to faculty and postdocs with significant public and community health-related experience at Penn and is intended to:

  • Foster interdisciplinary research in public health at Penn that will have meaningful results at the community level.
  • Assist in garnering external support for large-scale studies in the field of public health.
  • Encourage additional faculty and staff at Penn to become involved in public health research.
  • Identify the innovative methodologies in the field of public health that have the potential of informing local, state, and national policy and programming.

The call for proposals will open in early 2022.

Any questions should be directed to Krista Scheffey (krista.scheffey@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) or Jade Avelis (jade.avelis@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).

CEAR Core also awards pilot grant funds through Community Driven Research Day (CDRD). Community Driven Research Day is a collaboration between community groups and researchers at Penn, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. CDRD is an opportunity for members of community organizations and academic researchers to come together to meet and discuss potential collaborations and community-academic partnerships.


Other Pilot Grant Opportunities Available at Penn


Community Driven Research Day Pilot Grants

ITMAT Pilot Grants

CHIBE Pilot Grants

CEAR Core Pilot Grant Awards

Award Recipient

Awardee titles and affiliations
at the time of the award

Title of Project

Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division

“Caregiving youth: an invisible cause of inequity”

Nadav Schwartz, M.D.

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

“A telehealth solution to improve community access to fetal monitoring in high-risk pregnancies: a feasibility pilot study”


Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHPR, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“Evaluating the Impact of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Educational Videos on Parental Knowledge of Respiratory Virus Transmission and Etiquette”


Julia Alber, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Fellow, Perelman School of Medicine

Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

“Increasing Hepatitis B Screening among Chinese and Vietnamese
Philadelphians: Exploring the Feasibility of a Community Liaison Social Media Program”

Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Director of Research, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Anna Uma Morgan, MD, MSc
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

“Building the Capacity of Libraries to Address the Social Determinants of Health”


Anu Asnaani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

“Testing and Dissemination of a Screening Measure for PTSD in Youth”

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Division Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Keith W. Hamilton, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Associate Healthcare Epidemiologist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Julia E. Szymczak, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Infectious Diseases
Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“Development of a Citywide Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative”

Community Driven Research Day Pilot Grant Awards


Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
Professor of Nursing of Children, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Angela Huc
Learning Central Preschool

“Enhancing children’s readiness for school: Using goals of community parents”


M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Cory Long
Team Making A Change

“Examining A Partnership Between Youth and Community Stakeholders in Violence Intervention: A Qualitative Approach”

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