In a new initiative, in 2019 the Sparkman Center began providing funding for internal UAB pilot grant applications that propose research projects, public health practice, and global health & development projects that support the Sparkman Center’s mission of promoting global health.

All projects  should have a strong research or evaluation component. Only those applications that are aligned with the Sparkman Center mission will be considered for funding through this mechanism.

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2021 Pilot Grant Application Cycle

The cycle for 2021 Pilot Projects is now open! We anticipate funding 1-2 applications of up to $20,000 each. UAB faculty and fellows with advanced degrees (MD, PhD, DrPH, etc.) are eligible to apply


o RFA Released: December 1, 2020

o Deadline for 2-page Concept: February 1, 2021

o Full Application Applicants Announced: March 1, 2021

o Deadline for Full Applications: May 1, 2021

o Awards Announced: by May 31, 2021

o Funding Start: June 1, 2021

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In November, the Sparkman Center hosted an Application Workshop for those interested in the Pilot Grant program. If you weren't able to attend, we highly recommend that you review the slides from that workshop here and/or watch the recorded session here as you prepare your concept proposal. 

Questions or more information? Please contact Anna Helova, UAB Sparkman Program Director; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: (205) 975-7770