UNC-CH Department of Family Medicine Small Grants Program

Funding to support Programs for Research/Scholarship and FM Special Needs Fund for Faculty Research.

A message from Katrina Donahue, Director of Family Medicine Research.


  With the generosity of the Department and its donors, and through a collaboration of the Department’s Medical Student, Residency and Research Programs, all faculty of the department can now access a Small Grants Program for Research/Scholarship and a new Special Needs Fund for Faculty Research. Together these programs can provide funds in their first year to support faculty research and scholarship, especially as they also involve students and residents.

  The descriptions of  these programs in their goals, eligibility, potential uses for funds and application processes can be found below. These funds are here to support our scholarship—request them! And please ask us about any questions.

Katrina Donahue
Cristy Page
Beat Steiner



UNC-CH Department of Family Medicine Special Needs Fund for Faculty Research

October 16, 2014


Goal:  The UNC-CH Department of Family Medicine Special Needs Fund for Faculty Research provides quick turnaround funding for one-time needs to support the research of department faculty.


Funds:  The program can cover the costs that investigators face with new and existing projects when preparing grant applications, covering specific costs during transition periods between funded projects, meeting costs not covered under current grant funding, and for dissemination. Support for non-funded projects is also appropriate, if the yield for the faculty member and department are significant. Anticipated uses include statistical consultation for grant preparation, statistical software purchase, publishing costs in author-supported journals, and travel costs to national meetings to meet with collaborators to plan for new projects.


Eligibility and application: These funds are available to any member of the Chapel Hill and local community faculty.


Application and Review Process: The goal is for a quick turnaround process that can promptly and efficiently support faculty research, particularly as it helps secure or expand new or existing funding. Applications are to be submitted at any time by email to the department’s Research Program director with a few paragraphs clearly and succinctly stating (1) the proposed use of the funds requested, (2) the expected benefits/products/outcomes of the funded activities, (3) the amount requested, with justification, (4) other sources of funding considered, and (5) timing/deadlines of when funding is needed. In most cases, the Research Program director will promptly approve requests, explain why the request does not fit the program’s goals and/or direct the applicant to another potential funding source. 




UNC-CH Department of Family Medicine Small Grants Program for Research/Scholarship

October 3, 2014


Goals:   The UNC-CH Department of Family Medicine Small Grants Program for Research/Scholarship provides support for faculty research and scholarly projects for the following needs: (1) funding for new, small and pilot projects, and (2) supplementary funding to complete or expand existing projects.


Funds:  The program will distribute up to $11,000 each year to support five to six projects, each at $2,500 maximum. Funds may be used for personnel (other than faculty), consultants, travel, materials, printing, data collection, data analysis and dissemination. Projects funded by the Small Grants Program that involve learners may also apply to the department’s Medical Student Program for $2,000 stipend support for medical students in the Student Research Fellowship in Family Medicine, and can apply to the Residency Program for funds for resident travel to STFM to present study findings.


Application contents:  All DFM faculty at UNC-CH and its affiliated community practices are eligible. Projects are encouraged to include learners, if feasible, which will be considered in making awards. A three to five page double-spaced application is required, to include:

(1)  Statement of the project goal(s) or research question(s)

(2)  Statement of the intended product(s), e.g., papers, presentations

(3)  Overview of study design or scholarly project

(4)  Description of the current status of project, including IRB status (IRB approval/exemption letter must be submitted before dollars may be used)

(5)  Overview of project timeline

(6)  Listing of the project PI and all other project personnel and roles, including learners

(7)  Brief project budget, including costs and other sources of funds. If relevant, explain why current funding or potential external sources of funds will not cover these costs.

Applicants may consult the review committee [Don Pathman (committee head), Gary Asher and Katrina Donahue] for advice when preparing the application. Applications will be shared with the Medical Student and Residency Program directors, who can help locate appropriate learners for projects if requested.


Application Dates:  Proposals are accepted throughout the year until program funds are exhausted. Reviews will be completed within four weeks and funding available immediately. 


Application Review Criteria:  Proposals will be reviewed for (1) the importance of the research or scholarly issue/question and of the project’s intended products, (2) how the project will benefit the applicant and/or the DFM, (3) project feasibility, including the demonstrated ability of project personnel to complete the work, and (4) importance of requested funds to the project’s success. 


Investigator/Faculty responsibilities:  PIs are responsible for completing projects within 12 months of the award date and applying funds only for approved uses. Project PIs are also asked to disseminate information on their project and its findings to the department, e.g., in the department’s newsletter and at the Communications Meeting. Project personnel are also asked to work with Brad Wilson and Donna Parker for broader dissemination.