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Roybal Pilot Program

CHIBE invites proposals from affiliated faculty for pilot projects which 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.

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Program Overview

While we will accept and consider all applications, applications focusing on reducing health inequities, reducing the risks from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) by improving blood pressure control or cholesterol, or both are particularly encouraged and will receive special consideration.

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.

Based on the stipulations from the National Institute of Aging, all pilots must use the NIH Stage Model of behavioral intervention development. All pilot applicants must describe the relevant Stage for the proposed work.

Roybal pilot studies are encouraged to:

  1. leverage a Stage 0 basic research finding to develop a principle-driven, implementable intervention;
  2. examine the principles, or mechanism of action underlying a behavioral intervention (Stage I, II, or III study);
  3. create and/or modify, and pilot test real-world-friendly training procedures (Stage I); or
  4. create and/or modify and pilot test methods to maximize real-world fidelity (Stage I).

The definition of each stage can be found using the link above and Stage 0 or Stage I studies are required for this call for proposals (in future years we will entertain applications from later Stages as well).


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 Retreat every two years).

How to Apply

We are not accepting applications at this time. For additional information, please contact Samantha Fellman by email at