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Call for Applications Informational Webinars

TRDRP hosted two webinars on August 3rd and 4th to help familiarize prospective applicants with the call for applications, letter of intent, application procedures, and answer questions. Below are the recordings and slides from both webinars:

How to submit an LOI in pC (slides)

Frequently Asked Questions 


2017 Call for applications

We fund research that contributes to the elimination of smoking and tobacco use and mitigates the human and economic costs of tobacco use in California.

The Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of California (TRDRP) offers a unique source of funding that supports investigators at all eligible California institutions who are engaged in research that directly contributes to the elimination of smoking and tobacco use and mitigates its human and economic costs in California.

In the previous grant cycle, TRDRP implemented a number of changes and revisions to our research priorities, grant mechanisms, and the peer review criteria. These were based on the results of an extensive input, analysis, and planning process involving evaluations of prior year grants and surveys and interviews with key stakeholders and other funders. These changes also addressed declining Proposition 99 revenue while strengthening and targeting resources in areas of highest priority and that will inform and impact the evolving reality of tobacco use and tobacco control in California.

This reality changed dramatically on May 4, 2016 when the Governor of California signed into law some of the most significant tobacco control legislation in decades.  This new legislation included closing loopholes in the state’s smoke-free laws, regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and raising the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21.  These developments were almost immediately followed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement that e-cigarettes and other tobacco products like premium cigars and hookahs will be regulated in the same way the government regulates traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.  And as we release this call, signatures have been validated to place a proposition before California voters that calls for an increase to cigarette taxes to benefit health care services, public health, and research.

TRDRP’s research priorities and funding opportunities reflect these new realities while also being designed to strengthen support for:

  • The career development of early and mid-career researchers committed to advancing tobacco-related science, practice, and public policy for California
  • High impact single and collaborative multi-investigator studies in new, emerging, and/or under-studied areas of tobacco-related research
  • Collaborative research efforts addressing areas of tobacco-related research of particular relevance and high priority for California and the field

To get started:

  1. Determine your eligibility for funding
  2. Explore our six research priorities
  3. Review the 2017 award mechanisms and dates and deadlines
  4. Familiarize yourself with our letter of intent and application processes
  5. Contact a program officer with any questions
  6. Use proposalCENTRAL to submit your LOI and/or proposal


If you prefer to view the call for applications as a single document:

Call for applications (pdf)

highlights of the 2017 award cycle    

1. Emphasis on research impact

All applications will be evaluated for the potential impact of the proposed research. For TRDRP, impact refers to: (1) the scientific impact in a sustained manner on the specified tobacco-related research field, or (2) a targeted impact on tobacco use in specific communities, or (3) direct impact on issues governing state and local policies related to tobacco use and control or any combination of these three components.

2. Emphasis on community engagement

Inclusion of perspectives and people representing community groups and community-based organizations are encouraged across TRDRP’s portfolio. We encourage community involvement and input to the extent appropriate for the research questions and protocol.  Investigators are encouraged to be creative in considering how their line of research could have near-term and downstream impact in California communities including potential policy implications. Community residents could potentially be involved across multiple stages of the research process (i.e., research development, implementation, and/or dissemination). For additional guidance and examples for biomedical research, please review our FAQ.

3. The community practice-based research planning award

TRDRP will continue to offer the Community Practice-Based Research Planning Award to promote partnership development among researchers and healthcare practitioners with the goal of conducting health service research that promotes sustainable system change in delivery of tobacco cessation interventions in clinical settings serving low income populations.  

4. The career development awards

Career development awards are designed to focus on supporting the development of tobacco-related researchers with the highest potential for impact on the field. Towards this end, both early and mid-career development awards are being offered.

5. Scientific conference awards

Awards to support in-person scientific conferences that disseminate TRDRP-funded research and convene TRDRP investigators and colleagues are being offered.

6. Programmatic review of Letters of Intent (LOI)

In order to ensure that full applications sent to peer review are responsive to all program requirements and priorities set forth for this funding cycle and that resources are used efficiently, TRDRP and its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will be subjecting all letters of intent to a programmatic review prior to acceptance for submission of a full application.

Eligibility for TRDRP funding

Investigators from California not-for-profit organizations are eligible for TRDRP funding, including but not limited to colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, research institutions, local health departments, community-based organizations, voluntary health agencies, health maintenance organizations and other tobacco control groups. The sponsoring institution, in accordance with its own policies and procedures, should designate the Principal Investigator (PI).

The PI must supervise the research project and any trainees directly and in person. Although the research undertaken with TRDRP funds must be conducted primarily in California, part of the work may be done outside California if the need to do so is well-justified (e.g., it is integral to the achievements of a specific aim), and the results of such work may be applied to understanding the causes and/or improving the prevention and treatment of tobacco-related diseases in California.

In accordance with UC policy, PIs who are UC employees and who receive any part of their salary through UC must submit grant proposals through their UC campus contracts and grants office. Exceptions must be approved by the UC campus where the PI is employed.

US citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

NOTE: Investigators are limited to submitting one proposal per funding cycle.  However, those applying for a STAR or Mackay award are allowed to submit a second Letter of Intent (LOI) for review within the same cycle. 


TRDRP will accept only a single resubmission of the same or very similar project, regardless of change in application title.  Under extraordinary circumstances a second resubmission may be allowed at the discretion of the program.