Every spring, the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) awards competitive pilot grants to investigators interested in developing health economic research in our areas of interest, with a focus on junior investigators and trainees. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CHERISH pilot grants provide these investigators an opportunity to initiate new research and address the feasibility of their proposed study before applying for additional funding.
While 2020 ushered in challenging moments, the sixth cohort of pilot grant recipients, Ali Jalali, Austin Kilaru, and Hao Zhang, concluded their funding year with new analytical skills and unique accomplishments. “We have been fortunate with all of our pilot grant recipients. They do great and interesting work, and this class was no different,” says Pilot Grant & Training Core Director Brandon Aden.
As CHERISH welcomes a new group of pilot grant recipients, we are delighted to continue supporting the sixth cohort on their journeys as early career researchers. Here is their take on the pilot grant experience and what they are working towards next: