Call for Seed Grant Proposals for 2019 Funding
Seed Grant Awards of up to $25,000
For UCLA faculty, program staff, or trainees, the UCLA Pritzker Center Seed Grants are designed to sow opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects. Faculty must be developing studies with UCLA colleagues from a different school, division, or specialization area AND must be working in partnership with a community organization or system aimed at strengthening children and families in Los Angeles. However, applications will be accepted from UCLA faculty, staff, and trainees who are working on an interdisciplinary research or services project, an independent project that could benefit the Los Angeles community, or who are working in partnership with a community agency or system.
The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families is a new UCLA campus-wide initiative made possible by a generous gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The center aims to promote healthy nurturing families, equitable opportunities, and educational success for children and their caregivers, with a particular focus on youth in foster care. The center plans to proactively and strategically link the transdisciplinary work of UCLA to community nonprofit agencies, K-12 systems, and to systems that serve children and families and address mental health, child welfare, education, health, and policy in Los Angeles County. A major focus of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families is a balanced investment in both prevention and intervention strategies for children and families.
The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families announces an opportunity for one-year research Seed Grant Awards of up to $25,000. The main goal of this project is to offer UCLA faculty, program staff, or trainees the chance to undertake an interdisciplinary research project with UCLA colleagues from a different school, division, or specialization area and in partnership with a community organization or system aimed at strengthening children and families in Los Angeles. The UCLA Pritzker Center seed grant program places a priority on multidisciplinary efforts and explorations that are partnered with the Los Angeles community. Examples may include: work that adds research or program evaluation analysis to best improve or impact a child and family serving agency, organization, or system, or developing new research or program partnerships across UCLA schools addressing innovation and improvement for children and families related to child welfare, education, juvenile justice, child and family policy, mental health, or wellbeing.
For example, in the area of wellbeing there are clear assessment/measurement issues relating to instruments, practical data collection challenges, or application of findings to intervention that would clearly benefit from multiple perspectives. Despite the proliferation and popularity of using the term “child wellbeing,” it remains inconsistently defined and measured. In many studies what is measured is the negative manifestation of wellbeing rather than examining strengths in the child or family. Work in this area would benefit not only children and families involved in the child welfare system, but children and families in general.
Up to four awards will be funded. Awardees will be asked to present a talk on their project.
Applicants must be UCLA faculty or program staff members in any school or department that provides research, thought partnership, or service to the fields mentioned above. Faculty at all career levels are encouraged to apply in partnership with other cross-disciplinary faculty, staff, or trainees, including trainees or early career faculty, as well as mid and late career faculty who may wish to explore interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary areas of research, translational practice, and community partnership.
APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT:
A 3-page research proposal that details the specific aims, background about the study, preliminary data (if any), research (or service) plan, innovation/significance, future plans, and details on each investigator’s role on the project.
LINE ITEM BUDGET
Budget narrative explaining how line items in the budget relate to the early work necessary to convert your ideas into a fundable project.
CV’S OR BIO SKETCH FOR EACH INVESTIGATOR
Proposals should be submitted electronically to: info@PritzkerCenter.ucla.edu. Up to four proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:
The extent to which the project includes multiple disciplines, schools, departments, or specializations
The extent to which the proposal is partnered with a child and family-serving community organization, agency, or system
The intellectual merit and innovation of the proposed project
The project’s organization and judicious use of funds