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Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award Supplement (CHDAS)

Purpose: To support the training of promising individuals either from underrepresented communities and/or who wish to pursue careers in tobacco-related research focused on underserved communities.

Application procedure for CHDAS: Request for CHDAS must be submitted as part of an original application (i.e., High Impact Pilot Research Award, High Impact Research Award, California STAR Award, Community Practice-Based Research Planning Award) or as part of an ongoing grant's scientific progress report to be considered for funding.

All applications must address one or more of our six research priorities.

Anticipated Number of Supplements: Up to 10

Maximum SupplementAmount per Year: $15,000 (direct cost)

Maximum Duration: 1 year and possibility of 1 year renewal

Allowable Direct Costs: Salaries, fringe benefits; tuition, enrollment fees for the trainee, domestic travel

Equipment: Not allowed as part of this supplemental funding

Project-Related Travel: As needed (must be fully justified)

Travel to TRDRP Conference: Maximum $750 (mandatory)

Scientific Conference Travel: Up to $2000 per year (excluding a mandatory allocation of $750 in one year of the project for travel to the TRDRP Conference)

Indirect Costs: Indirect costs are capped at 8% for both UC and non-UC institutions

Diversity Award Supplement Requirements:

  • The CHDA supplements are intended to support the initial entry of individuals into the field of tobacco-related research. For example, undergraduate students, graduate students that have not advanced to candidacy, or individuals that are working in the tobacco control field but do not have experience in research. Individuals who are eligible for TRDRP Postdoctoral Fellowships and other career development awards are encouraged to apply through those mechanisms rather than applying for the CHDAS.
  • Investigators must have at least one year remaining on their TRDRP award to ensure the best conditions and results for prospective trainees. Therefore, the CHDAS application must be submitted as part of an initial application or as part of an annual scientific progress report.

  • The CHDAS is available to principal investigators of any TRDRP award except for Postdoctoral Awards (FT) and Policy Scholar Awards (MT).

  • Eligible trainees may be undergraduate students, graduate students, community members, school personnel or health sciences students.

  • Principal investigators should encourage trainees from socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, and geographic backgrounds who would otherwise not be adequately represented in their field or who are from underserved communities. However, in accordance with State law, preference will not be given to applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

Supplement proposals will be evaluated for the strength and quality of the following:

  •  Trainee must demonstrate a commitment to tobacco research and tobacco control, including pursuit of a research or tobacco control career centered on tobacco-related disease.

  • Trainees should document barriers, both current and past, that may prevent her or him from realizing a career in tobacco-related disease research or tobacco control. For example, the absence of a family member who attended college; matriculation in an educational setting with poor curricular support and financial backing for higher education; having a physical or learning disability;  and/or working long hours while attending school.

  • Trainees should describe in their own words the extent that their previous and current research interests focus on cultural, societal, health or educational disparities as they affect underserved segments of our state. Additionally, describe how the proposed research or tobacco control training may contribute towards ending California tobacco-related disease disparities.

  • Principal investigators and trainees must construct a detailed, well-rounded training experience. This should include, but not be limited to: scientific research methods that will be learned; classes, seminars and symposia that will be attended; the identification of a relevant research question to be pursued; research team meeting participation; other mentor-like  relationships the trainee will have with research team members; and, if applicable, any relevant involvement in the community, school, etc.

  • Principal investigators should document the exact amount of time that they will regularly meet with the trainee. Investigators should also identify other members of the research team that will play a mentoring role and specify their time commitment to mentoring the trainee and their contribution to the trainee’s learning experience.