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Funding

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center Awards

Next application round: Spring 2020. 

Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center and CTSI have three funding opportunities available to reseachers--pilot funding, augmentation of major research and young investigator awards. Click on each opportunity below for complete information on how to apply.

Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center / CTSI Augmentation Awards

Funding Available for Augmentation of Major Research Grants: 
Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center / CTSI - Executive Advisory Board Awards

Pilot funding is available to augment currently funded NIH or major foundation grants for UCLA researchers, this includes researchers at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, to promote exploration of sex and gender-based differences and women’s health research. Funds can be used to focus on, expand, or strengthen a research project’s applicability to women’s health.

Research Proposed through Funding from the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health should be consistent with the mission of the Center:

The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health seeks to promote comprehensive health care for women by providing support for research to understand human sex differences in health and disease and medical issues and diseases unique to women, as well as to develop and test clinical interventions for women. An equally important component of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health mission is training future leaders in women’s health research. Specific aims include:

  • To encourage and support interdisciplinary research in the field of women’s health and gender-based medicine, including:
    • To study medical issues (including reproductive issues) and diseases unique to women and more common in women 
    • To use established methods of health, utility, and cost measurement to assess and suggest ways to improve the cost effectiveness of clinical interventions for women. 
    • To promote research on sex at the cellular level, including how genetic sex differences influence cells, organs, organ systems, and organisms 
    • To study sex differences across the life span 
    • To study sex differences and similarities for human diseases that affect both sexes 
  • To train researchers capable of leading and conducting research programs that are consistent with the mission of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health 
  • To extend resources into the UCLA campus to increase the quality of women’s health research throughout the campus and to attract new and established researchers into women’s health research 
  • To study a wide range of populations in these research efforts, including women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who have been traditionally underrepresented in research studies 
  • To translate research findings into improvements in health care practice for women

A list of prior awarded projects is available at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Website.

Co-Sponsorship: The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is co-sponsoring this award made available by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. The UCLA CTSI is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Its mission is to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles—the largest and one of the most ethnically, socially and economically diverse counties in the United States. Its vision is to catalyze research that translates discoveries into tangible improvements in health care, and disease prevention and treatment in Los Angeles County. The UCLA CTSI is one of more than 55 research “hubs” supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program.

Funding Amount Available: $30,000 one-year awards for all types of research.

Pilot Submission Timeline and Selection Process
Submit the application contact information and checklist document, your one-page letter of intent, and biosketch(es) as one PDF file by e-mail for review. All submissions from interested UCLA faculty must be received by noon, Friday, March 1, 2019 (see contact information below). The letter of intent should follow the following format:

  1. Applicant name/rank, and affiliation
  2. Proposal title
  3. Hypothesis of the project
  4. Brief summary of planned project
  5. Relationship of planned project to Center mission and aims
  6. Long range research goals for this pilot work for future research 
  7. Whether the research is a new or augmented pilot research project
  8. For applications that are attempting to collect additional preliminary data in response to recent grant application reviews: include a complete copy of the grant application review (attachment) and specifically identify the critique that will be addressed by the proposed work (in the letter of intent). 
  9. For any augmentation requests, how additional funds will strengthen current pilot and specify how increased budget amount would be used in your pilot work
  10. Budget amount requested 
  11. NIH biosketch(s) of investigators (attachments)

Investigators may request up to $30,000 for a one-year period. 

The Review Committee will review letters of intent and contact investigators whom they wish to submit full pilot proposals by Monday, March 18, 2019. Funded projects will begin August 1, 2019 for the period August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020

Criteria for selection include: (a) quality of the proposed research; (b) credentials of PI and Co-investigators (if included); (c) relatedness to the relevant Center theme and mission. Funding may be requested for any purpose which meets the needs of the investigator (s) and complies with UCLA policies for expenditure of funds.  Please note that highest priority for the pilots will be given to pilots that would likely lead to R01s (or equivalent level funding from extramural sources) consistent with the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health mission within 2-3 years. 

Successful applicants may be asked to attend a team science training.

Submission of Letter of Intent
The letter of intent, biosketch(es), and other attachments should be e-mailed as one PDF file to the attention of Sierra Moon at sdmoon@mednet.ucla.edu; (310-794-8063). All application materials must be received by noon, Friday, March 1, 2019.  Any materials received after noon, Friday, March 1, 2019 will not be considered.

Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center / CTSI Pilot Awards

Pilot Funding Available for Research in Women’s Health: 
Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Executive Advisory Board/CTSI Awards

Pilot funding is available for UCLA researchers, this includes researchers at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, who perform women’s health research, and/or research where exploration of sex and gender-based differences is relevant.  

Research Proposed through Funding from the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health should be consistent with the mission of the Center:

The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health seeks to promote comprehensive health care for women by providing support for research to understand human sex differences in health and disease and medical issues and diseases unique to women, as well as to develop and test clinical interventions for women. An equally important component of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health mission is training future leaders in women’s health research. Specific aims include:

  • To encourage and support interdisciplinary research in the field of women’s health and gender-based medicine, including:
    • To study medical issues (including reproductive issues) and diseases unique to women and more common in women
    • To use established methods of health, utility, and cost measurement to assess and suggest ways to improve the cost effectiveness of clinical interventions for women.
    • To promote research on sex at the cellular level, including how genetic sex differences influence cells, organs, organ systems, and organisms
    • To study sex differences across the life span
    • To study sex differences and similarities for human diseases that affect both sexes
  • To train researchers capable of leading and conducting research programs that are consistent with the mission of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
  • To extend resources into the UCLA campus to increase the quality of women’s health research throughout the campus and to attract new and established researchers into women’s health research
  • To study a wide range of populations in these research efforts, including women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who have been traditionally underrepresented in research studies
  • To translate research findings into improvements in health care practice for women

A list of prior awarded projects is available at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Website.

Co-Sponsorship: The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is co-sponsoring this award made available by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. The UCLA CTSI is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Its mission is to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles—the largest and one of the most ethnically, socially and economically diverse counties in the United States. Its vision is to catalyze research that translates discoveries into tangible improvements in health care, and disease prevention and treatment in Los Angeles County. The UCLA CTSI is one of more than 55 research “hubs” supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program.

Funding Amount Available
: $30,000 one-year pilot awards for all types of research

Pilot Submission Timeline and Selection Process
Submit the application contact information and checklist document, your one-page letter of intent, and biosketch(es) as one PDF file by e-mail for review. All submissions from interested UCLA faculty must be received by noon, Friday, March 1, 2019 (see contact information below).  The letter of intent should indicate/include:

  • Applicant name/rank, and affiliation
  • Proposal title
  • Hypothesis of the project
  • Brief summary of planned project
  • Relationship of planned project to Center mission and aims
  • Long range research goals for this pilot work for future research 
  • Whether the research is a new or augmented pilot research project
  • For applications that are attempting to collect additional preliminary data in response to recent grant application reviews: include a complete copy of the grant application review (attachment) and specifically identify the critique that will be addressed by the proposed work (in the letter of intent). 
  • For any augmentation requests, how additional funds will strengthen current pilot and specify how increased budget amount would be used in your pilot work
  • Budget amount requested 
  • NIH biosketch(s) of investigators (attachments)

Investigators may request up to $30,000 for a one-year period.

The Review Committee will review letters of intent and contact investigators whom they wish to submit full pilot proposals by Monday, March 18, 2019. Funded projects will begin August 1, 2019 for the period August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020

Criteria for selection include: (a) quality of the proposed research; (b) credentials of PI and Co-investigators (if included); (c) relatedness to the relevant Center theme and mission. Funding may be requested for any purpose which meets the needs of the investigator (s) and complies with UCLA policies for expenditure of funds.  Please note that highest priority for the pilots will be given to pilots that would likely lead to R01s (or equivalent level funding from extramural sources) consistent with the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health mission within 2-3 years.

Successful applicants may be asked to attend a team science training.

Submission of Letter of Intent
The letter of intent, biosketch(es), and other attachments should be e-mailed as one PDF file to the attention of Sierra Moon at sdmoon@mednet.ucla.edu; (310-794-8063). All application materials must be received by noon, Friday, March 1, 2019.  Any materials received after noon, Friday, March 1, 2019 will not be considered.

Iris Cantor Women's Health Center / CTSI Young Investigator Awards

Fellowship Funding Available for Research in Women’s Health: 
Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/CTSI Young Investigator Award

Fellowship funding is available for one Ph.D. candidate (including M.D. Ph.D. or other dual degree) or post-doctoral student engaged in research related to women’s health at UCLA, this includes candidates and students at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. 

Funding from the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health should be consistent with the mission of the Center:

The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health seeks to promote comprehensive health care for women by providing support for research to understand human sex differences in health and disease and medical issues and diseases unique to women, as well as to develop and test clinical interventions for women. An equally important component of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health mission is training future leaders in women’s health research. Specific aims include:

  • To encourage and support interdisciplinary research in the field of women’s health and gender-based medicine, including:
    • To study medical issues (including reproductive issues) and diseases unique to women or more common in women
    • To use established methods of health, utility, and cost measurement to assess and suggest ways to improve the cost effectiveness of clinical interventions for women.
    • To promote research on sex at the cellular level, including how genetic sex differences influence cells, organs, organ systems, and organisms
    • To study sex differences across the life span
    • To study sex differences and similarities for human diseases that affect both sexes
  • To train researchers capable of leading and conducting research programs that are consistent with the mission of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
  • To extend resources into the UCLA campus to increase the quality of women’s health research throughout the campus and to attract new and established researchers into women’s health research
  • To study a wide range of populations in these research efforts, including women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who have been traditionally underrepresented in research studies
  • To translate research findings into improvements in health care practice for women

Co-Sponsorship: The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is co-sponsoring this award made available by the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. The UCLA CTSI is a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Its mission is to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles—the largest and one of the most ethnically, socially and economically diverse counties in the United States. Its vision is to catalyze research that translates discoveries into tangible improvements in health care, and disease prevention and treatment in Los Angeles County. The UCLA CTSI is one of more than 55 research “hubs” supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program.

Fellowship Funding Amount Available: $20,000 one-year fellowship

Pilot Submission Timeline and Selection Process
Submit the application contact information and checklist document, your one-page letter of intent, full CV and NIH biosketch of applicant, and letter of support and NIH biosketch of principal mentor as one PDF file by e-mail for review. All submissions from interested UCLA students must be received by Friday, March 1, 2019 (see contact information below). The letter should indicate/include:

  • Summary of current research
  • Long range research goals and plans for future research
  • Budget specifying how the funds will be used 
  • CV of proposed fellow and NIH biosketch (attachments)
  • Letter of support from principal mentor (attachment)
  • NIH biosketch of principal mentor (attachments)

The Review Committee will review letters of intent and contact investigators whom they wish to submit additional information by Monday, March 18, 2019. The fellowship will begin August 1, 2019 for the period August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020. 

Criteria for selection include: (a) Potential of the applicant’s work to further research in women’s health; (b) credentials of the applicant and mentor; and (c) relatedness to the Center mission. Funding may be requested for any purpose which meets the needs of the investigator and complies with UCLA policies for expenditure of funds.  Please note that highest priority for the fellowship will be given to applicants whose research trajectory makes it likely that they will ultimately qualify for a faculty position at UCLA or at another academic medical center or research institute as an independently funded researcher consistent with the mission of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

Successful applicants may be asked to attend a team science training.

Submission of Letter of Intent
The letter of intent, full CV, biosketch(es), and other attachments should be e-mailed as one PDF file to the attention of Sierra Moon at sdmoon@mednet.ucla.edu; (310-794-8063). All application materials must be received by noon, Friday, March 1, 2019.  Any materials received after noon, Friday, March 1, 2019 will not be considered.