Pilot and Feasibility Grants Program

University of ChicagoPurpose

Pilot & Feasibility Studies are research projects aimed at:

1) Attracting more junior investigators of the faculty into the area of type II diabetes-related translational research;

2) Allowing more established investigators who are not currently engaged in type II diabetes translational research to extend their investigations into this important area; or

3) Permitting any investigator to test a novel hypothesis of relevance to diabetes type II translational research which might not yet meet NIH requirements for R01 or R18 funding.

It is strongly anticipated that the results of these pilot projects will eventually permit investigators to compete successfully for more standard sources of research support. The proposed project must be significantly different from funded research already being conducted by the Principal Investigator. Collaborations across institutions are strongly encouraged.

Research Topics

Type II diabetes translational research is defined as research focused on translating interventions/approaches into real world health care settings, communities, and populations at risk. Type II translational research might include effectiveness, dissemination, implementation, and cost effectiveness research. The target of this type of the research can be varied to include individuals, families, healthcare practitioners or systems, communities, and/or policy makers. Projects utilizing methods of health services research, public health research, community-based participatory research, cost-effectiveness research and behavioral intervention research are prioritized.

Period and Amount of Funding

Pilot and Feasibility Studies will be funded for 12 months beginning August 1, 2020. Pilot and Feasibility Studies are funded up to $25,000* in direct costs. Funds may be requested for personnel, supplies, service and other costs, as for any NIH grant application. There is no support for the Principal Investigator’s salary or indirect costs, so they should not be included in the budget.

*Funding amount can change without prior notice.

Director of the Pilot and Feasibility Grants Program: Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH

Click here to download the most recent request for applications. The next application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 3, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Central Time. The PHS 398 most updated forms can be found here.

2019 Grantees

Cynthia Fritchi, PhD, RN, APRN, CDE, University of Illinois Chicago
Building self-regulation capacity in AA T2DM women:  Feasibility of an ecological momentary intervention

Juan Ji, PhD, University of Chicago
Predeciting the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease Using Deep Neutral Network Models

Daniel Johnson, MD, University of Chicago
Improving translation of diabetes management practices in community primary care

Sirimon Reutrakul, MD, University of Illinois Chicago
Effects of Sleep-Extend on glucose metabolism in women with a history of gestational diabetes

Loren Saulsberry, PhD, University of Chicago
Intersectoral Collaboration Around Social Determinants of Health to Improve Diabetes Care and Outcomes

2018 Grantees

Dezheng Huo, PhD, University of Chicago
Interplay of Breast Cancer and Diabetes: Impacts of Medical Treatment

Pamela Martyn-Nemeth PhD, RN, FAHA, University of Illinois Chicago
A Sleep Intervention to improve Glycemic Control and Reduce Diabetes Distress in Working Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, NorthShore University Health System
A Feasibility Study of a Person-Centered EMR Decision Support Tool to Improve Diabetes Care

Rosy Chang Weir, PhD, University of Chicago
Impact of PRAPARE Social Determinants of Health for Community Health Center Diabetic Patients

2017 Grantees

Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, University of Chicago
EngAGE: Promoting Activity Amount Frail Adults with Diabetes Using Technology 

Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS, University of Chicago
Population-Based Primary Care in Communities Affected by Violence

Jill Weissberg-Benchell, PhD, CDE, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 
Improving Transition from Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care 

Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers

Eunice Santos, PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
ABM Framework for Studying the Adoption of Evolving Diabetes Care Guidelines 

Milda Saunders, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
Disparities in Maternal and Perinatal Complications Among Pregnant Women with Diabetes in Chicago

Emil Coccaro, MD, University of Chicago
Emotion Focused CBT Intervention for Improved Glycemic Control in T2D Patients

2015/2016 Grantees

Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS, University of Chicago
Physician Awareness, Knowledge, and Practice of Individualizing Glycemic Targets

Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
Using a Multi-Pronged Approach to Addressing Latino Diabetes Disparities

Rochelle Naylor, MD, University of Chicago
Economic Evaluation of Mody Genetic Testing in Type 1 Diabetes

Jyotsna Jagai, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago
Environmental Health Disparities in the Diabetes Epidemic: Assessing the Burden of Cumulative Environmental Exposure

Xuejie (James) Zhang, PhD, University of Chicago
High Cost-related Medication Non-adherence Rate in Medicare-Medicaid Dual-Eligible Diabetes Patients

Amisha Wallia, MD, Northwestern
Design and Implementation of an Intervention for Transitions in Diabetes Care

Mathew O’Brien, MD, Northwestern
Developing a Tailored Approach for Prediabetes Management in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers

Fall/Winter 2014 Grantees

Chia-Hung (Ed) Chou, PhD, University of Chicago
Diabetes treatments and cancer survival outcomes among women

Xuejie (James) Zhang, PhD, University of Chicago
Patterns of Cost-Related Medication Non-Adherence Among Diabetic Dual Patients

Fall/Winter 2013 Grantees

Pamela Martyn-Nemeth, PhD, RN, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hypoglycemic Fear: Influence on Self‐Management and Glucose Variability in T1DM

Valerie Press, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
EnVISIONeD: Examining VISion among Inpatients with Diabetes

Spring 2013 Grantees

Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH, Northwestern University
Patients’ and Providers’ Perspectives on Metformin for Diabetes Prevention

Milda Saunders, MD, MPH, University of Chicago
Effect of Diabetes in Recognition and Referral of Patients for Pre-ESRD Care

Julie Wagner, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center
Pilot Study of the Effects of Stress Management on Autonomic Tone in Diabetes

Summer 2012 Grantees

Kristen Knutson, PhD, University of Chicago
Sleep interventions to improve sleep and diabetes risk in African Americans

Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS, University of Chicago
Ethnic differences in patient beliefs regarding the timing of A1c and blood pressure control

Christine Pellegrini, PhD, Northwestern University
NEAT! Technology to increase breaks in sedentary behavior in adults with diabetes


We ask that any abstracts, presentations, or papers that result from this grant acknowledge the financial support of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (NIDDK P30 DK092949) as well as the Dean’s office of the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago, which is generously providing half of the funds for the P&F grant program.