Digital Health Research
Project Award Amount $30,000
**PI can only submit ONE application per cycle (2 per year); a PI cannot submit multiple applications to this mechanism in a given cycle. However, applicants to the Mobile Health Research Project Award can also submit an additional, distinctly separate, application for the Mobile Health Translational Project Award. Please refer to the instructions as these awards have different application requirements**
Projects must involve delivery of the technology over mobile devices (mobile phones, tablets) but may in addition involve delivery to non-mobile systems (desktop computers, kiosks, laptops, TVs). Examples include mobile phone "apps" for medication reminders, symptom tracking, improved dietary habits, health records exchange, or medical reference. Projects may include the use of sensing devices (e.g., pedometer, physiologic sensors) but projects that are solely about sensors or biomechanical devices are not supported by this mechanism.
The following is a guide to which mHealth grant mechanism is most appropriate for your project:
mHealth Research Project Awards
Each project will have a maximum budget of $30,000. Partial investigator salary support may be requested. Funding is for one year from the time of award and is not renewable. A progress report is required of all recipients of an award at the end of the funding period as well as one year following the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly cite funding by UCSF CTSI (see http://ctsi.ucsf.edu/cite).
Who's Eligible: Who's Eligible: UCSF faculty in any series, including adjunct and professional research series, and at all ranks may apply: Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors. Postdoctoral scholars and fellows are eligible to submit applications as PI when a faculty member is acting as Co-PI.
Who's Not Eligible: Residents, Specialists
Applicants are strongly advised to actively follow and participate in discussions at CTSI's mHealth Innovator's Forum (http://accelerate.ucsf.edu/forums/mhealth), which has been established to engage members of the UCSF Community to improve the overall quality of grant proposals submitted for mHealth project funding both within UCSF and to external funding sources. Grant program staff will answer questions on the mHealth Research and Translational Project Award mechanisms, and users can discuss mHealth topics such as methods, software design and development, intellectual property/legal issues, entrepreneurship, academic-industry collaborations, etc.
Criteria for Evaluation of Applications
Both feasibility and methods/evaluation studies will be considered for funding under this mechanism. Applicants are encouraged to scope their proposals carefully to what can realistically be carried out in one year with $30,000. For example, it is rarely realistic to expect to develop a new "app" and evaluate it with a 6-month randomized trial all in one year with $30,000. Feasibility studies will be evaluated based on appropriate involvement of technical, design, and usability methods and expertise.
Projects that involve human subjects will require UCSF/CHR approval before funding is released. Additionally, if applicable, all funded research conducted in an international setting must have both UCSF and international institution CHR approval.
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