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 28, 2018 in order to be approved by the NIA and considered for funding.  A one-page annual progress report must be submitted in March 2019 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

Please submit an electronic (.pdf) application using the application site ( by November 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm EDT. See below for application content. Applications must be submitted using the application system. The application documents are embedded within this notice.

The application must include the following:

  • Abstract Page:  The abstract text should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Budget:  Please use the excel template budget page and provide detailed expenses.
  • Budget Justification:  Please provide a short justification for all personnel, supplies, and equipment that will be expensed to this project.
  • NIH Biosketch:  An NIH format biosketch must be submitted for the PI and the Co-PIs only.
  • Research Proposal:  The research proposal should be no longer than two single-spaced pages with one-inch margins and should include the essential background information relative to the project.  Please use Arial size 11 font.  Please indicate the importance of this funding to the feasibility of your research proposal and potential for future funding.  Please indicate if any other funds are available to you for the proposed research.  References should be attached to your research proposal and will not count toward your two-page limit. Please provide a timeline of implementation to ensure meeting the end date of May 31, 2019.

The deadline for submitting applications this cycle has passed.  For additional information, please contact Joelle Friedman by email at or by phone at 215-746-5873.