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Pilot Projects

ARCHD exists in an environment in which significant geographic, racial, and ethnic health disparities exist. To address this issue, ARCHD:

  • oversees the process for the solicitation, review, and selection of new pilot projects based on the evidence-based priorities established by the Center.
  • fosters additional research which addresses racial and ethnic minority health disparities, both within the Center to sustain and develop its programs and outside of the Center to build research to address health disparities more broadly.

RFA Cycle 5 Pilot Project Awards

We are proud to announce the beginning of Cycle 5 of the ARCHD Pilot Project Awards!

The mission of the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD) is to develop multidisciplinary, multi-level research that reduces chronic disease risk factors for which there are significant health disparities among socially disadvantaged populations and communities with a goal of improving health and quality of life and ultimately eliminating health disparities. In efforts to fulfill this mission, ARCHD aims to advance the science of disparities research by supporting pilot/feasibility studies ranging from descriptive research to clinical trials.

The Center has allocated funds to support three one-year pilot research grants with direct cost funding of $50,000 for each project. It is expected that funded pilot grants will lead to peer-reviewed scientific publications and successful NIH applications on topics that address health disparities. PIs will also be provided mentorship, career development guidance, and funds for professional development and research dissemination.

The criteria for eligible applicant principal investigators include (1) post-doctoral or primary faculty appointment in the UAMS COPH; (2) within 10 years of completing the terminal research degree, medical residency or equivalent (unless granted an extension by NIH per NIH guidelines); and (3) meet all other NIH requirements for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs). More details about determination of eligibility and request for extensions are available at

Details regarding the application process are included in the PDF document attached to this email. Please be aware to upcoming important dates.

  1. Applicant PIs must attend a mandatory workshop. An announcement will be sent out when the workshop date has been confirmed.
  2. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between July 1, 2020 and October 15, 2020.
  3. Applicants are required to submit a brief letter of intent at least six weeks prior to submission of their completed application.
  4. Completed applications are due between July 1, 2020 and October 15, 2020.

If you have further questions, please contact

Download the ARCHD Pilot Funding Application

2020 Pilot Projects