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The Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication (CRRTC) funds innovative pilot research projects with relevance to tobacco regulatory science. We seek to fund interdisciplinary projects that include researchers with expertise in public health, medicine, psychology, communication, media studies, or other relevant disciplines. We are particularly interested in supporting junior researchers including students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists. Proposal budgets may be from $5,000 to $50,000 for projects up to 12 months. Pilot grant years begin on 9/1 and end on 8/31 of the following calendar year.

Our pilot grant program aims to:

  • Create larger numbers and new types of inter-disciplinary teams of UNC and Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) investigators working on FDA Center for Tobacco Products research priority areas, using team science approaches.
  • Enhance collaboration between UNC, Wake Forest School of Medicine and other TCORS grantees.
  • Increase the number and quality of external grants submitted and funded in tobacco regulatory science.

See the links in the column on the left for the current Request for Applications, FDA Center for Tobacco Products’ research priorities, review criteria for pilot applications, and more information about CRRTC and its research projects.


If you have questions about the pilot and developmental funding program or the application process, please contact Quirina Vallejos at or 919-966-2760.