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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) administers the portion of state retail taxes on tobacco products that are designated for research within California. This unique source of funding supports investigators at eligible California institutions whose research contributes directly to the elimination of smoking and tobacco use and mitigates its human and economic costs in California.

In November 2016, California voters passed Proposition 56 — the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 — which increased the retail tax on tobacco products by $2. This resulted in a substantial increase in funds available for research. With this influx of new dollars, TRDRP is exploring innovative strategies to maximize the impact of research and keep administrative costs at a minimum.  Stay tuned for more information on our 2019 Call for Proposals.


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. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

A mandate of Proposition 56 funding is that all research dollars must be used within California. Since the bulk of TRDRP research funds are from Proposition 56, the majority of projects funded in the upcoming TRDRP cycles must be performed entirely within California. TRDRP research funding, however, comes from multiple sources, and there is a small amount of funding for projects with out-of-state components. In those cases, part of the work may be done outside California if the need to do so is well-justified.

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.

Applicants can now resubmit their recently unfunded applications in the two funding cycles immediately following their original submission cycle. Please refer to Key Dates for the specific resubmission deadline dates. If the application is resubmitted after the two subsequent cycles, it will be considered a new application and the peer-review process will not consider previous critiques.

Review Process and Funding Decisions

Applications will be grouped by priority area and reviewed in a study section by experts from outside of California. The criteria for evaluating applications are described under each specific award type section. The TRDRP and its Scientific Advisory Committee will first stratify scientifically meritorious tobacco-related research applications, and will then stratify scientifically meritorious applications that address the expanded priorities areas described in this Call for Applications.

For more information about the funding process visit the TRDRP website.