Call for Pilot Project Proposals

2020 Call for Pilot Project Proposals

The Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Roybal Center for Therapeutic Optimization Using Behavioral Science seeks to develop and test principle-driven, potent, practical, scalable, and sustainable behavioral interventions to enhance the appropriate prescribing of and adherence to evidence-based medications.

We are pleased to issue a call for pilot study proposals for studies that seek to test, refine or understanding the underlying mechanisms a behavioral intervention aimed at improving medication use. In accordance with the NIH Stage Model for Behavioral Intervention Development, the pilots may range in scope from “basic” behavioral science (e.g. on barriers to behavior change) to “implementation and dissemination” research within the constraints of the budget and timelines described below.

For the upcoming year, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Roybal Center will distribute approximately $200,000 in pilot funding and anticipates funding 2-3 studies. Each pilot project will be funded for a 12-month duration starting June 1, 2020.

Successful proposals will exhibit the following 3 key features: 


  1. a multi-disciplinary approach integrating collaborators with expertise in medication use, theory-based behavioral science, implementation research, and/or data science

  2. the testing of principle-driven interventions in real-world settings

  3. the use of novel analytic methods and technological approaches to gain a deeper understanding of behavior and to facilitate the creation of interventions that are both personalized but applicable to population health improvement

Applications will be evaluated by the Center’s Executive Committee using the following criteria: the strength of the principle-driven intervention being evaluated, the potential of the project to promote healthy aging, novelty/innovation, feasibility, investigative team quality and diversity and the potential to lead to follow-on funding such as an RO1.

Examples of successfully funded projects can be found here.



A BWH-affiliated faculty member must be the principal investigator in order for a proposal to be considered for potential funding. If a pilot study is proposed, the application must include investigators from a pilot site that has a demonstrated ability to recruit the proposed number of patients within the allotted time frame.

Application Process (Deadline: 03/02/20 12pm ET)

Please submit an electronic application with the following components:

  • Abstract: No longer than 250 words.

  • Research Strategy: In this document, please explain the principle-driven intervention or basic behavioral science concept that you are interested in evaluating. Your application should emphasize the underlying theory and its potential to optimize medication use and to promote healthy aging and provide sufficient methodological detail to allow for accurate assessment of the validity and feasibility of the proposed approach. The research proposal should be no longer than three single-spaced pages with one-inch margins and should use Arial 11-point font.

  • NIH Biosketch: An NIH format biosketch must be submitted for the PI(s) and all Co-PIs.

  • Budget and budget justification:  Please use the PHS 398 template budget page and provide detailed expenses.  Please also provide a short justification for all personnel, supplies, and equipment that will be expensed to this project.


Please email your completed application by March 2, 2020 at noon ET to



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