Pilot Grant and Training Core

The Center’s Pilot Grant and Training Core manages pilot project grant awards to support the development and application of methods and dissemination tools for health economic research on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and health-related behaviors related to treatment of substance use disorders, HCV and HIV while leveraging the resources of the Center’s other Cores. The Pilot Grant and Training Core is also responsible for organizing and evaluating CHERISH training activities in collaboration with the Center’s other Cores to support the growth and development of researchers in the health economics field.

Director: Brandon Aden, MD, MPH


CHERISH awards pilot grants on a competitive basis annually for research projects that are consistent with our mission to develop and disseminate economic evidence that will inform substance use treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of substance users and to increase the impact of this research by addressing the needs of integrated health systems. Pilot projects must also be consistent with NIH priorities for health economics research as described in NOT-OD-16-025

Eligibility to apply for pilot research grants is limited to investigators affiliated with the four CHERISH collaborating institutions. See Eligibility for additional information. The target amount for each award is $10,000-$20,000 over one year. Approximately two awards will be made in each annual cycle.