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CHOC Children’s –UC Irvine Child Health Research


 Background and Overview

CHOC-Children’s and UC Irvine signed an Affiliation Agreement in 2008 that envisioned a robust research interaction and the creation of a formal joint pediatric research program. An experienced outside consulting firm, AMC Strategies, was engaged January through June 2013, and worked with our Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Dan Cooper, the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS), and basic and translational scientists and clinicians from CHOC and UCI  to help develop a  shared child health research strategic plan. The final strategic plan gave rise to this funding program by calling for internal funding mechanisms to leverage research to improve the quality of care, patient outcomes, and well-being for children.

The objective of this funding program is to enhance research collaborations between CHOC and UC Irvine and enhance the Mission, Vision and strategic aims of the CHOC-UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan. Funds are intended to support research and collaboration in targeted areas of research excellence that align clinical research strengths for focused growth and maximal impact.


Applicant Eligibility

Members of CHOC Medical staff, pediatric residents or fellows at CHOC or UC Irvine, CHOC Nursing staff, and CHOC Scientists and Staff Scientists are eligible.  Current members of the CHOC Children’s – UC Irvine Child Health Research Steering Committee who apply for funding are excluded from reviewing any applications and must recuse from decisions related to funding. Each eligible applicant may submit one proposal only under either funding mechanism described below.


Funding Mechanisms

Pilot Collaborative Research Grants:  up to $25,000/yr for one year. Provide funds for collaborative projects in need of initial start-up funding to enable procurement of other independent support. These awards are designed to promote translational research efforts that coalesce talented clinicians and researchers from CHOC and UC Irvine. Projects should strive to bring investigators from multiple disciplines from CHOC and UC Irvine together to identify targets for improved diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a pediatric health problem relevant to the goals of the CHOC-UCI Child Health Research Strategic Plan.

Team Building Conference:  up to $5,000/yr for one year. Provide funds, primarily to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for invited guests, to help bring researchers and clinicians from CHOC, UC Irvine and other institutions together to develop a focus toward collecting preliminary data that has a high likelihood of translating into successful grant applications. The conference must demonstrate the intent to promote collaboration and exchange between individuals, research groups, institutions, and organizations.


Proposal Requirements

Proposals must clearly and concisely address important child-health concerns and consist of a Scope of Work, Financial Component, and Required Additional Materials, as described below.

Scope of Work:

Child-health focused, no more than three pages in length, single spaced.

  • Provide the hypothesis, goals and specific aims of the research project or conference.
  • Provide a timeline of tasks to be completed during the on-year project or conference.  Include the responsibilities of each research team member.
  • Discuss plans to prepare for Team Science to ensure a collaborative and supportive environment for CHOC and UC Irvine investigators.

Financial Component:

No more than one page.

  • An itemized project or conference budget, including a budget justification with a description of each line item. For example, the justification should include the type of supplies required and purpose.

Required Additional Material

No overall page limit.

  • NIH-style biosketch
  • Letters of support demonstrating evidence of relationship with collaborators and partners.


Proposal/Award Timeline

December 20, 2013         Publication of Call for Proposals

April 1, 2014                        Deadline for Proposals

June 1, 2014                       Issuance of Decision Letters

July 1, 2014                         Disbursement of Funds

June 30, 2015                     Deadline for Expenditure of Funds

August 31, 2015                Deadline for Final Progress Report


All proposals must be received in the CHOC Children’s Research Institute by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Please send a single pdf document or hard copy of the application to:

Cheryl Willis

Research Administrator

CHOC Children’s Research Institute

1201 W. La Veta Avenue

Orange, CA 92868


For the full announcement click here. Announcement includes All statements above as well as selection criteria, use of grant funds and award terms