We can provide mentoring around all aspects of developing a fundable research program. These can include:

  • Identifying promising research questions based on your interests
  • Defining and acquiring the data needed to address your question
  • Getting Institutional Review Board approval (iRIS)
  • Developing a publication strategy
  • Finding collaborators
  • Finding the right funding opportunity

Grant Writing

Grant Writing Tips

Helpful advice for writing a grant

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You can find FAQs, annotated examples of successful NIH grants and helpful tips at this site (

Grants Application Timeline

This spreadsheet provides a to-do list for developing an NIH grant with time lines and notes.

Grant Application Timeline

Pre-grant Application

It is helpful to the department if you notify them of an upcoming submission.

Pre-grant Application Form

Federal Budget Template

This spreadsheet is a budget template for an HH-initiated federal grant and is useful in budgeting for any funded research program

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Internal Budget Template

This spreadsheet is a budget template for internally funded projects.

iRIS Budget Template

Finding Funding

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Additional External Funding Opportunities

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Government Funding Sources (Federal)

Non-Government Funding Sources (Foundation)

Government Funding Sources (Non-Federal)

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Internal Funding Opportunities

Hartford HealthCare
2022 Research Funding Program
Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce research funding opportunities made possible by the Medical Staff of each Hartford HealthCare hospital. There will be $130,000 available to fund investigator-initiated studies.  Projects may request budgets up to a funding limit of $15,000.  A Medical Staff member from any HHC hospital is eligible to submit a Letter of Intent. Details and the program time line are provided below.

The project funding aims to support studies that have the potential to lead to new external grant applications and the dissemination of study results including peer reviewed publications, and national or international presentations.  The studies may be complete research projects or pilot/ feasibility/ preliminary studies.  The funding can cover costs directly related to implementation, including salary support of study personnel including clinical coordinators, supplies, analytic and/or data base support, etc. Please note that requests for travel, laptops, computers, or other capital expenses are generally not approved.  For budgets, activities carried out by the HHC Research Department’s data management and statistical support staff are provided to investigators free of charge; if you need a research coordinator from the HHC Clinical Research Center, costs do apply.  

The maximum funding has been set to $15,000 for this year. This amount should absolutely be viewed as an upper limit and not a target.  Please request only the minimum implementation costs needed to carry out the study.  The Hartford Hospital Research Committee will evaluate the scientific merit, originality, and budget of each study and its relationship to the specific goals of the HHC research enterprise. Budgets will be viewed carefully and must be proportionate to the absolute needs of the study.  The Committee may approve a proposal for funding at a funding level less than the total requested.  Further, please note that, as these projects are supported by Hartford HealthCare Medical Staff funds, the Principal Investigator or at least one co-investigator who will play an integral part in the project must be a member of a Hartford HealthCare Medical Staff.  For projects that will require greater funding, please reach out to Anne Williamson to discuss extramural grant opportunities.

There will be a study progress timeline monitored this year to encourage timely conduct of the funded projects.  IRB submissions through iRIS and completed CITI training for all study personnel must be completed within 6 months of the funding award. Funding will be withdrawn if these milestones are not met.

Time Line

Please note: the LOI due date is set; all subsequent dates are advisory and could change depending on volume of LOIs received.  Subsequent communications will confirm or update these later dates.

Through January 5th – Consults are available with Hartford Hospital Research Committee and/or HHC Research Department Senior Scientists for any investigator.  We strongly encourage investigators to consult with their department’s designated senior scientist as early as possible, especially if they are new to research.  Please contact us if you need assistance identifying the appropriate individual.  Please note, given our other responsibilities, we reserve the right to refuse to begin any consultation after January 5th.

January 12th, 2022- Letters of Intent due by 5 pm.

February 2, 2022:  Research Committee members review LOIs

February 16th, 2022: Invitations for full application/proposals to be sent out.

As with the LOIs, investigators can consult with senior scientists around their proposals; however, no new consultations will be provided the week before the deadline.  Please plan ahead.

April 13, 2022 – Full Application/Proposal due by 5 pm.

The Research Committee will review all submissions and make funding recommendations to the appropriate Medical Staff in mid-May.  Final funding decisions will be made by the appropriate Medical Staff Executive Committee and notifications and any modification requests sent to investigators by early June.

Any questions concerning this timeline should be addressed to Anne Williamson, (


Letter of Intent (LOI) – The letter of intent is the first required step of submission; it should include (all briefly stated):

  1. Name of the Principal Investigator and, if not a member of an HHC Medical Staff, the name of the co-investigator who is a member.
  2. Working project title
  3. Description of the research hypothesis/research question
  4. Rationale – brief statement of clinical and research significance
  5. Overview of the approach to be used, including a brief statistics plan.
  6. Budget estimate and justification
  7. Description of the research team.

The LOI should be no more than two pages using 11 point font and one inch margins.  It is to be submitted via e-mail to Anne Williamson ( by 1/12/2022. 

LOIs will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Clinical/research significance
  2. Project methodology: clearly described and scientifically sound methodology
  3. Feasibility: should be feasible within the given timeline, budget and resources including sufficient numbers of appropriate patients.
  4. Appropriateness of budget: Funding is limited, please request only the amount of money necessary to allow the project to be completed.

Full application

An approved LOI is required for submission of a complete grant application.

Specific Instructions and templates will be provided for investigators invited to submit a full proposal.  Briefly, the application includes:

1. Cover letter: one page cover letter that provides the project title and the research team as well as brief statements highlighting the project’s feasibility and impact.  This should be able to be read independently of the full proposal.

2. For the body of the grant, include the following components:

  1. Executive Summary: Include title, full list of everyone on team, total budget, and brief summary of the aims of project and brief description of the study’s design (e.g., pilot; RCT, retrospective, observational, etc.). 
  2. Research Protocol (10 page limit): All proposals must include a research protocol that includes the following: 
    1. Literature and Background
    2. Specific Aims/Hypotheses
    3. Clinical Significance/Translational Relevance including how the project fits into hospital and departmental priorities
    4. Research design
    5. Sampling - Enrollment criteria
    6. Methods of data collection including all variables to be collected and the primary endpoints of the study and any use of specimens identified
    7. Statistical Analysis Plan including statistical tests to be used and a power calculation, if appropriate.  Note that pilot studies do not need a formal power calculation.
    8. Data sharing plan, security, storage and privacy
    9. References
  3. Implementation Timeline: Please include a projected timeline, which will be used for comparison against attainment of actual milestones in the required annual progress reports.
  4. A complete budget and justification
  5. CVs: All proposals must include CVs for the Principal Investigator, co-PIs and key participants; preferably as an NIH style biosketch.

We look forward to working with Hartford HealthCare investigators to make this funding opportunity a success.


Lizabeth Roper, MHS
Senior Director of Research
860 972-1964   

Jyoti Chhabra, PhD
Senior Scientist
860 972-9704

Anne Williamson, PhD
Senior Scientist

Hartford HealthCare
Health Equity Research Funding

Letters of Intent Due 12/15/2021

Health inequity remains a problem in health care with strong evidence of disparities on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. Interest in health care disparities is growing, especially in the areas where access to health care and quality of care are evidently disparate. While there has been general awareness of disparities in care based on reports in the literature, there has not been a systematic attempt to define the status of disparities in the communities we serve.

To that end, we are pleased to announce a Hartford HealthCare Health Equity Research funding program made possible by the generosity of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff.  There will be $100,000 available to fund studies to address health care disparities. Projects may request funding up to $15,000. 

Project funding will seek to support pilot studies that have the potential to lead to extramural funding for larger health equity studies to be conducted at Hartford HealthCare. The selection committee will look favorably on projects with the potential to disseminate the study results through peer reviewed publication and conference presentation. New investigators are welcome and encouraged to submit proposals. Residents and fellows, working in collaboration with a Hartford HealthCare principal investigator, are also eligible for funding.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is due by 12/15/2021. A committee of clinicians, scientists and community leaders will review the LOIs and selected investigators will be invited to submit full proposals (date to be determined) for competitive review.

Letter of Intent Requirements:

  1. Name of the Principal Investigator and description of the research team
  2. Working project title
  3. Description of the research hypothesis/research question
  4. Overview of the project and how it will identify/address health disparities
  5. Approximate sample number and analysis plan
  6. Budget estimate and justification

The Letter of Intent should be no more than two pages (11 point font, one inch margins)

It is to be submitted via e-mail to Liz Roper ( She can be reached by email or at 860-972-1964 for questions and guidance.

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