The WSU Provost's Steering Committee on Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health (SBDH) announces the 2023 Research Stimulus Program.  The goal of this campus-wide initiative is to provide timely funding for ready-to-launch research projects with high scientific merit and programmatic promise in the broad area of SBDH, ranging from person-level to societal-level and inclusive of quantitative and qualitative approaches.1-11 Ideally, projects should be designed to generate preliminary evidence to support innovative and potentially impactful contributions, leading to a larger-scale application to an extramural (e.g., national, state, community) funding agency.

Each applicant should read and follow all instructions very carefully, to ensure the application conforms to requirements.  Applications that do not meet standards below may not be considered.


  • This Research Stimulus Program is directed at WSU doctoral students.  Eligibility is defined as follows:
    • Doctoral students: WSU graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy; these individuals must identify and submit with their application a letter of support from a WSU faculty mentor
  • A Principal Investigator may submit only one proposal in this round of applications.
  • All eligible individuals (as defined above), regardless of racial/ethnic background, sexual identity or orientation, and those with disabilities, are encouraged to apply as Principal Investigators.

Program Overview

  • This program provides limited but rapid financial support for ready-to-launch research within the scope of SBDH.  Applications may involve a wide variety of biomedical, behavioral, sociocultural, economic, ethical, legal/criminal justice, clinical or policy issues and/or disciplines.
  • Grant support from this program is intended to be unique and may not be used to supplement research projects already being supported by the NIH, Department of Veterans Affairs, DoD, NSF, private or public foundations, or from other sources.
  • Allowable expenses (which must be justified) are supplies, participant payments, research staff effort, travel (if necessary for data collection), software, or testing/assay/procedural expenses directly related to conducting the proposed research. Not allowable are salary support (this applies to all faculty, fellows, and student stipend/tuition), equipment, and computers.
  • Funding decisions will be based on scientific merit and readiness to start, as determined by an internal peer review committee.
  • All research applications must comply with all rules, regulations, and certifications for WSU (IRB) and other potential oversight agencies (e.g., FDA, DEA).
  • Applicants who have questions regarding the acceptability of their proposed work may contact Dr. Mark Greenwald.