Pilot Grant Program

The CEAR Core, in collaboration with the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), awards annual pilot grant funding to projects led by Penn faculty that foster community-based research, in particular studies that use a participatory research framework and actively involve community stakeholders. Most grants awarded are in the range of $2,000 to $20,000. A Request for Proposals is issued every spring for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

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


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


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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