The purpose of the School of Public Health student-initiated basic or applied research and public health practice grants is to encourage Loma Linda University School of Public Health students to become involved in the practical application of their educational experience through research and public health practice. To receive a grant, students are required to submit proposals that will be reviewed by professionals and competitively judged by the awards and traineeship committee. Grant applications must be submitted to the office of student services by February 8, 2014. The awards and traineeship committee may move to announce a second submission date later in the year based on availability of funds.
Two categories of grants are available:
Please note that, although the awards and traineeship committee has established a maximum amount for which the student may apply, the proposal may be only partially funded.
The grants are available to all currently registered Loma Linda University School of Public Health students. Please note that only future or current research endeavors are funded. Do not apply for funds to cover expenses for completed research activities.
In awarding grants, the committee will consider but will not be limited to: quality of proposal; quality of research design; resource allocation; community impact; timeliness; likelihood of future funding; level of involvement from collaborative partners; educational benefit to the student; likelihood that the project can realistically be completed in the proposed time frame; and support of the school's mission.
Projects may be proposed for a “tag on” grant to an already funded project. For this type of request, the application would be expected to address a specific question or idea not funded in the original grant. Students are encouraged to be creative in project proposals. For projects that are achieving positive results, funding extensions may be requested.
When applying for a Public Health Practice Grant, “public health practice” is defined as the strategic, organized, and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services and other activities to improve the population's health.
The cover page must be the checklist. The checklist information must be typed and signed by the applicant and the applicant’s faculty sponsor, stating that they have reviewed the proposal and that it is in agreement with all website instructions, application guidelines, and checklist requirements. Any proposal that does not meet all of these requirements may be returned to the student.
A complete budget and justification, indicating which items the grant funds would cover. The budget must include all other sources of funding, resources, and equipment. Please note: This grant does not fund previously completed research, the presentation and publication of results, private internet or phone accounts, software purchased by the School of Public Health, airfare, or mileage to campus from the researcher’s place of residence.
A condensed curriculum vitae or biosketch, which should include the researcher’s current degree/course being pursued and current academic load. It should also contain his/her best contact phone number and email.
A letter of support from the faculty sponsor. Please incorporate the letter into the proposal. Do not include the letter in a separate, sealed envelope.
Project description, including specific aims, a condensed background and significance, experimental design (if research) or project description (if public health practice), and timeline. Please ensure that the methods and design are adequately covered. If human subjects are involved in the research, this issue must be addressed. The timeline should be realistic.
Additional materials considered relevant to the proposal but not required in the body of the proposal may be included in an appendix. Examples include a questionnaire, instrument details, drug information, informed consent forms, guides and scripts, IRB clearance, etc. Appendices not to exceed 15 pages.
Each proposal will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. These may include LLU SPH professors, LLU and LLUMC professionals, and external reviewers. LLU SPH Doctoral students may be asked to review master’s level applications at the committee’s discretion. An LLU SPH Statistical Consulting class may likely review the application from a statistical standpoint.
The awards and traineeship committee is made up of diverse faculty from each of the departments of the LLU SPH. The committee will take into consideration each application and all of the corresponding reviewers’ comments before deciding whether to fund the application. After the committee meets, the student will be informed of their decision. The funds are released by check approximately 6 weeks from the submission date.
Any application that does not meet the requirements may be returned to the student and his/her advisor. Under some circumstances, the committee may give the student an opportunity to revise and resubmit. If the student chooses to do so, the revised application must include a cover letter to the committee summarizing the changes made. Changes within the body of the application must be clearly indicated.
The awards and traineeship committee requests that all Hulda Crooks Research and Public Health Practice Grant recipients provide a report to the committee upon completion of the funded research.