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Call for Applications Informational WebinarS

TRDRP hosted two webinars on August 5th and 6th to help familiarize prospective applicants with the call for applications, letter of intent, application procedures, and answer questions. Below are the recording and slides from both webinars:

Frequently Asked Questions 


2016 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.

The result of an extensive input, analysis, and planning process involving evaluations of prior year grants and surveys and interviews with key stakeholders and other funders, the priorities and grant types announced in the current call for applications are a change from the program’s previous funding cycles. These changes address 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.

TRDRP’s new research priorities and funding opportunities are 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 2016 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)

Summary of changes for the 2016 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 either or both, the scientific impact in a sustained and clear manner on the research field, as well as a clear and targeted impact on California-specific issues related to communities, or state and local policies related to tobacco use and control.

2. Emphasis on community engagement

TRDRP is developing new collaborative community impact funding opportunities (to be released separately) and discontinuing both the Community Academic Research Awards and the School Academic Research Awards. At the same time, we are also more fully integrating community engagement and community participation into all award mechanisms at a level appropriate to the proposal type.

3. Changes to career development awards

Career development award types have been re-designed to focus on supporting the development of tobacco-related researchers with the highest potential for impact on the field. Towards this end, new early and mid-career development awards are being offered and dissertation awards are being discontinued.

4. Targeted research initiatives

In order to address tobacco-related research issues of highest priority to California and the field, TRDRP will be releasing a series of targeted collaborative funding opportunities. Initial opportunities are being developed focusing on community-level impact in priority populations and on the neuroscience and/or cardiopulmonary effects of new tobacco products.

5. Programmatic review of Letters of Intent (LOI)

In order to ensure that full applications sent to peer review are responsive to all new program requirements and priorities set forth for this funding cycle and that effort and resources are wisely spent, 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 may submit more than one proposal per funding cycle; however, only one grant per funding cycle will be awarded to an individual PI.


We will accept resubmission of a previously unfunded application as a new application under the mechanisms that are being currently offered, providing the proposal addresses one or more of the newly revised research priorities and is directly responsive to the requirements of the new mechanism. Given that the application is being treated as new, it should not include a separate response to the critiques from the previous review.