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Call For Proposals

Small Grants Competition

Funding supported by the IPCC and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Total Funding Available:  $50,000 (funding 6 - 8 projects)

Person-Centered Care (PCC) is a dynamic process of interaction that facilitates individualized psycho-emotional, social, physical and existential support WITH the person. The support and care is based on the person’s needs, values, aspirations and preferences. Person-centeredness promotes well-being through continuation of self and normal life and the experience of living a life of enjoyment, comfort, belonging, purpose and meaning. Person-centered practices are based on humanistic values and the fundamental premise that every person has a unique history, strengths, interests and needs and has the right to self-determination in how to go about living his/her life.


The award will be used to support research activities relating to aging and person-centered care for the University at Buffalo.

Criteria for Evaluation of Application

Assessment of scientific merit will be based on the following considerations:

  • Originality of ideas. (Innovation)
  • Importance of the research question and significance of the research to aging and person-centered care and how this study will contribute to generating extramural funding. (Significance)
  • Clarity and specificity of the research plan. (Approach)
  • Inclusion of community members in the research team/process (Approach)
  • Rigor of methodological issues/procedures. (Approach)
  • Likelihood of accomplishing the research objective(s) based on proposed timeframe and budget. (Feasibility)

Submission Requirements

Formatting should be as follows:  Single-spaced, Arial 11 font, 1/2 inch margins

  • Summary
    •      No specific form, up to 150 words
  • Biosketch
    • 4-page maximum with the following headings:
    • Education;
    • Employment history;
    • Relevant publications;
    • Current and research research/fellowship support
    • Personal statement of how person-centered care/practices is important to your work.
  • Research Plan
    • 6-page maximum. Should include the following 5 categories: Introduction; Background; Significance; Methods; Timeframe
    • Facilities – 1-page maximum
    • Human Subjects – 1-page maximum
  • Budget - A maximum of $10,000 for each grant allowed, however, it is anticipated that most grants will be less than the maximum.
  • Budget Justification
    •    No specific form, no page limit.

Submit your electronic application to Patti Napoli


All UB Faculty are eligible to apply.

IPCC Membership is required.

Important Dates

Application Submission Date:  April 20, 2015

Notice of Awards:  May 15, 2015

Project Start Date: Summer 2015