The UNC Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, which aims to transform children’s lives, is requesting proposals in collaboration with NC TraCS.

FPG will award a limited number of pilot grants, contributing up to $25,000 match to grants submitted to the NC TraCS $5-$50K Pilot Program. To qualify, proposals should include at least one FPG-investigator and one UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and be focused on improving the health of children and families of North Carolina. The FPG funds (half of the budget up to $25,000) are to cover FPG staff, use of FPG core resources, or equipment/supplies needed to conduct the project.

Frank Porter Graham Institute Collaboration

The UNC Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute, which aims to transform children’s lives, is requesting proposals in collaboration with NC TraCS.

FPG will award a limited number of pilot grants, contributing up to $25,000 match to grants submitted to the NC TraCS $5-$50K Pilot Program. To qualify, proposals should include at least one FPG-investigator and one UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and be focused on improving the health of children and families of North Carolina. The FPG funds (half of the budget up to $25,000) are to cover FPG staff, use of FPG core resources, or equipment/supplies needed to conduct the project.

In 2018, North Carolina ranked 36 out of 50 states for family and community well-being based on multiple factors related to economics, education, health and behaviors, safety, and support systems.1 Accordingly, there are numerous opportunities for improvement across a variety of domains to have a positive impact on children’s lives. Over the past decade, the population of children under the age of 18 has increased by more than 200,000 with dramatic variation in growth across age groups, ranging from 4% for children aged 4 and under to 33% among 10-14 year olds.1 To ensure that appropriate scientific knowledge, infrastructure, evidence-based practices, and resources exist at each stage of childhood for optimal development and health, FPG is encouraging innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations among researchers, clinicians, and practitioners.

Investigators should consider research topics related to child outcomes across health and education that could generate preliminary data for external grant applications following the FPG-NC TraCS seed funding. Priority will be given to research aims based on NIH, IES, and/or other active external funding opportunity announcements which include, but are not limited to:

  • Patterns of language and literacy acquisition
  • Short-term education and special education intervention programs
  • Prevention of deafness and other communication disorders
  • Stigma, discrimination, social isolation, and other experiences of marginalized groups (i.e., immigrants, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, any race, underserved rural communities, and/or sexual and gender minorities)
  • Development of transgender and gender nonconforming identities
  • Risk factors of early childhood (birth-24 months) obesity and/or excessive weight gain
  • Opioid epidemic challenges for children and families
  • Mechanisms and trajectories of complex mental health disorders and behaviors
  • Immediate health impact of contemporary events (e.g., natural disasters or policies)
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science on adoption of health information
  • Early stage next generation human brain imaging and/or tools to identify non-neuronal cells in the brain
  • Epigenomic changes and early-life adverse/nurturing experiences
  • Translating research-to-practice or research-to-policy

Researchers interested in FPG matching funds must send application materials to the FPG grant review committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for endorsement before formally applying to the NC TraCS $5-50K Pilot Program. Following endorsement, the application should be submitted directly to the NC TraCS Pilot Program via the online application portal for review, approval, and management (if awarded).


1. NC Child Kids Count Data Center: Online resource retrieved on September 5, 2018.

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