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Healthcare Technology, Communication and Privacy Collaborative Seed Grants

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Healthcare Technology, Communication, and Privacy
Collaborative Seed Grants
Request for Proposals

Please note that the RfP is now closed.

The Humanities Institute (COLA) and the Center for Health Communication (Dell / Moody) announce a competition for small collaborative seed grants on Healthcare Technology, Communication, and Privacy. This opportunity seeks to foster new interdisciplinary research projects that consider the impact of various forms of information and communication technology on health care, health communication, and patient/client privacy. The grants of $3K-$20K will support research teams that bring together University expertise across at least two departments. Funds will be available by January 21, 2020 and must be spent by August 31, 2020. A convening of grantees will be held in Spring 2020, and a brief final report is due on August 31, 2020. Funding for this one-time seed grant competition was provided through the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Possible research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Privacy concerns in the collection of health and illness narratives
  • The impact of electronic medical records on the clinician-patient relationship
  • The impact of electronic medical records on patient privacy
  • The provenance and reliability of online / electronic medical records
  • Anonymization and revelation of patient identities in a social media environment
  • Implications of genetic data collection for those who provide samples, their relatives, and their descendants
  • Availability and anonymity of governmental and criminal justice health and demographic records
  • Data breaches, safeguards, and continuing threats
  • International legislation and practice regarding healthcare and privacy

Eligibility: The lead principal investigator must be faculty or research staff with Principal Investigator status at UT (see: PI eligibility). Co-PIs may be UT faculty, research staff, or graduate students. Teams must include members of at least two academic departments or units.

Review Process: Proposals will be vetted by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Evaluation criteria will include, but may not be limited to: eligibility of investigator(s); relevance of the proposal to the topics of healthcare technology, communication, and privacy; an interdisciplinary team and approach; feasibility of accomplishing project goals within the project timeframe; and appropriateness of budget for proposed activities; and the degree to which this project advances the research interests of each individual member of the team.

Required submission material (must be submitted by the lead PI or an authorized proxy)

1. Personal details for PI and all Co-PIs (web entry)

  • PI: Personal details (name, degree(s), email, phone number, primary appointment title, department, college/school/unit, contact email and phone
  • Co-PI(s): Name, degree, primary appointment title, department, college/school/unit, email, phone

2. Proposal details: title and 100-word abstract (web entry)

3. File uploads (to be submitted in the following order as a single .pdf document):

  • Brief (2-3 page) narrative proposal: Describe your research topic, goals, interdisciplinary methodology, time table, relevance to the grant theme, and potential scholarly, clinical, and/or social impact. Please also explain how the project advances the research interests of each individual member of the team. If research involves human subjects, biohazardous materials, and/or vertebrate animals, please indicate the status of your IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC application (see: PI Book).
  • One-page budget and budget justification. Funds may be used for wages for research assistants, research-related travel, consultant expenses, survey expenses, participant incentives, and research equipment and supplies. Faculty summer salary will be considered if well-justified and funds permit. It is not necessary to include fringe on wages and salaries.
  • Brief (2-page) CVs for PI and applicants (for administrative purposes, one researcher must be named PI).


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