Call for Pilot Grant Proposals 2023

  • Internal
  • Anywhere
  • Applications have closed


The UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), home to UCI’s NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), and the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), a global organization founded by Maria Shriver committed to finding out why Alzheimer’s disease discriminates against women, have formed a collaboration called “The UCI MIND WAM Women’s Initiative.” The purpose of the initiative is to capitalize on the research expertise within UCI MIND and across the UCI campus and to leverage this expertise to accelerate science to understand the role of sex and gender in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

This partnered Initiative is now accepting applications for pilot grants of up to $100,000 (direct costs) for the funding period of 07/01/2023 – 06/31/2024. This funding competition is open to all UC Irvine faculty members (senate and non-senate). Senior researchers and those with a track record of productivity in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applications for which sex and/or gender is incorporated as an independent variable and for which the probability of future federal research funding is high. Projects across all disciplines, including but not limited to basic science, neuroimaging, informatics, -omics, public health, health services, or clinical research are welcomed.

Projects will be selected after expert peer review based on scientific merit and the anticipated strength of the pilot data to support future research proposal development for external funding. We anticipate funding two applications in this, the third year of the Initiative. 

Submission requirements:

  • NIH Biosketch including current and pending “other support”
  • 5-page NIH-type proposal, maximum 5 pages, including references
  • Budget and Budget justification
  • Letters of support (as necessary)

All materials must be submitted electronically to this link by the deadline of 5:00PM PDT April 1, 2023. For scientific questions, contact Dr. Joshua Grill (UCI MIND Director,  For administrative questions concerning this announcement, contact Andrea Wasserman at or (949) 824-3253.

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