Grant Opportunities

The network funds pilot and exploratory studies, grant planning activities, and small collaboration grants. The goals of these grant programs are to support early-stage research in deprescribing that has high potential to develop into future large projects, to catalyze research in areas that are of particular importance to the field, to support junior investigator development, and to promote collaborations that will lead to future research projects.

Pilot and Grant Planning Awards

Pilot Award

The pilot award supports research related to deprescribing that provides key preliminary data, proof of concept, or developmental work that offers a clear pathway to future, larger-scale studies and career development for the investigators involved. This award is geared primarily, but not exclusively, toward junior investigators. All topics related to deprescribing are welcome. Proposals should have a plan for engaging stakeholders in the research process; the network can guide interested investigators on strategies to achieve this (see the RFA for details). Use of other network resources such as consultations with experts are welcomed although not required. 

Pilot awards are for 1 year with a maximum budget of $60,000 in total costs (directs plus indirects). Exceptions on duration and budget may be granted for exceptional circumstances. Pilot award proposals will be reviewed using an abbreviated, NIH-style review process that includes input from stakeholder representatives. Proposals will be judged on innovation, scientific rigor, feasibility, investigators and environment, potential to lead to future larger-scale work, stakeholder engagement, and relevance to priority areas and aging.

For more information, including instructions on how to apply, see the Request For Applications (RFA).

The network anticipates funding approximately 4 to 5 awards (comprising both pilot and grant planning awards) each year.

Sample Documents and Resources:

Grant Planning Awards

Grant planning awards are intended to fund grant preparation activities that will lead to submission of large grant proposals such as multisite clinical trials. Examples of activities such awards may fund include meetings and travel for study investigators to develop the proposal under consideration or administrative costs to engage multiple clinical sites into a multisite research trial planning process. For more information, including instructions on how to apply, see the Request For Applications (RFA). Potential applicants for grant planning awards are also strongly encouraged to contact us to ensure the mechanism is an appropriate fit.

USDeN Pilot & Grant Planning Awards
Timeline for applications:

Request for applications released

Request For Applications (RFA) » Pilot Award or Grant Planning Award

Webinar for applicants
(optional but encouraged)

October 21, 2022 | 2PM ET / 11AM PT
Presenter(s): Drs. Mixon and Simmons

Letter of intent

December 12, 2022

Application due date

January 27, 2023


Notification of awards

Early May 2023

Award start date

August 2023

 Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Pilot Awards

The US Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN) is seeking applications for large pilot studies that test complementary and integrative health approaches to support deprescribing of benzodiazepine receptor agonists in older adults. The goal of this program is to support pilot studies that will test study procedures, refine interventions, assess feasibility, and other such activities such that by the end of the one-year pilot study the investigators will be well-positioned to apply for a large grant to conduct a definitive clinical trial of the interventions. Pilot studies will be awarded with a budget of up to approximately $160,000 over one year. For more information, view our request for application here, and reach out to [email protected]

Collaboration Awards

Collaboration awards comprise small grants (generally in the range of $500 – $5000) to incubate topic- and site-specific collaborative efforts. Examples of potential awards include a grant to convene a mini-summit for investigators in a geographic area who might be interested in collaborating on deprescribing research, or seed funding for a geographically dispersed group of investigators who were interested in collaborating around an area of common interest. Applications will comprise a brief proposal and budget justification.

Timeline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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