Roybal Pilot Program

CHIBE invites proposals from affiliated faculty for pilot projects that translate ideas from behavioral economics into practice in ‘real world’ settings, specifically testing interventions that reach middle-aged and elderly Americans at high risk for premature morbidity and mortality.

The pilot program aims to: 1) give research opportunities to junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in behavioral economics; 2) encourage interaction between affiliated researchers; 3) build collaborations with new partner organizations that have access to populations and potential willingness to translate results from the research studies into practice.
The Penn Roybal Center, with funding from the National Institute on Aging, distributes up to $100,000 in pilot funding.  Each pilot project is funded one year, and receives between $2,500 and $20,000.  Priority is given to applications that are particularly innovative, meet some of the aims listed above, and which are seen as likely to lead to external peer reviewed funding.


A CHIBE affiliated faculty member must be the principal investigator in order for a proposal to be considered.  If the faculty member is not already affiliated with CHIBE, s/he must affiliate to be considered eligible to apply for pilot funding (this requires submission of a current CV, short description of your research for our CHIBE website, and a willingness to attend at least one annual Penn Roybal Center Retreat every two years).

Other Requirements

All successful grantees must submit IRB approval by March 24, 2017 in order to be approved by the NIA and considered for funding.  A one-page annual progress report must be submitted in March 2018 that includes a description of the project’s specific aims, significance, summary of the research conducted and results found to date, total enrollment, and future plans.  A member of the research team must present study findings at one of the annual Penn Roybal Center Retreats.  To receive funding you will need to have obtained IRB approval, if applicable, posted the project on, if applicable, and the project summary and budget will need to be approved by the National Institute on Aging.

How to Apply

The application must include the following:

  1. Project Summary which includes discussion of specific aims, significance, applicability to the Roybal Center’s objectives, methods, statistical analysis, and timeline (not to exceed 2 pages)
  2. Budget; items which will not be funded and should not be included in the budget include faculty effort and travel to meetings
  3. Budget Justification providing a rationale for the items requested (not to exceed 1 page)
  4. Biosketch for each investigator

The 2016 deadline for application submission has passed.  Awards will be announced by December 23, 2016.  Funding will begin June 1, 2017. Please check our website for updates on applying for a Roybal pilot grant in the 2017 cycle.

For additional information, please contact Joelle Friedman by email at or by phone at 215-746-5873.