Public Health Cubed Seed Funding (Cycle 3.0)
Public Health Cubed (PH3) is a rapid seed funding mechanism for Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars.
The program nurtures novel ideas in public health research or education. It allows faculty teams to address major social problems too complex for a single disciplinary approach—and to pursue experimental ideas that might be too unconventional to attract immediate support from traditional funding mechanisms. The program also includes highly visible, campus-wide opportunities to highlight results.
PH3 Funding Cycles
During each funding cycle, the Institute for Public Health typically funds projects which focus on specific topics such as health equity and community and social disparities. Projects must address issues speciﬁc to, or with potential impact in, our local St. Louis region. Additional priority is given to projects that address issues related to mental/behavioral health, diabetes or the intersection of personalized medicine and disparities. We anticipate funding up to four to six projects per submission deadline.
HOW IT WORKS
Each Faculty Scholar in the Institute for Public Health will receive a virtual credit of $5,000. If teams of three (see “team” definition below) convene with a new idea or project in public health research or education, they can cash in their combined credits of $15,000 for the project. Proposals that seek funds to simply continue or supplement existing activities will not be considered, unless there are significant novel features.
Participation in at least one campus-wide forum to highlight the PH3 project or results is required. The Institute will coordinate with project teams to link them to opportunities to highlight their work.
Submission deadlines will be publicized on our website during active funding cycles.
Please note central time when submitting by the deadline.
RAPID REVIEW AND DECISION
- Teams will receive notice of funding award within 4-6 weeks after the submission deadline.
- One-time funding
- After the initial award to a team, promising ideas may be considered for a second round of funding at the discretion of the Institute for Public Health.
ELIGIBILITY AND TEAM TYPES
There are three (3) types of eligible teams. All teams (except “regular” teams) must include at least two (2) faculty members that are Institute Scholars. View the list of current Institute Faculty Scholars.
- Regular = three (3) faculty scholars representing at least two (2) different disciplines from at least two (2) different WUSTL schools
- Community Partner = two (2) faculty scholars representing at least two (2) different disciplines from at least two (2) different WUSTL schools and one (1) community partner
- Institute Center Partner = two (2) faculty scholars representing at least two (2) different disciplines from at least two (2) different WUSTL schools and one (1) Institute Center partner
- Applicable Centers and Initiatives
*NOTE: We will consider proposals involving our Global Health Center as a partner that attempt to apply findings from non-U.S. settings to local (St. Louis region) public health research questions, or, use global health approaches for a potential local public health solution. Projects involving direct research outside the St. Louis region will not be considered in this round of funding.
Faculty whose scholar applications are in-process will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Details about becoming a scholar can be found here.
Applications and a list of preview questions can be found here during active funding cycles.
Please direct questions to Victoria Anwuri, Associate Director of the Institute for Public Health.