CHERISH awards pilot grants, up to $20,000 in funds, to support investigators who are conducting health economics research on substance use disorder, HCV, or HIV each year. CHERISH often considers pilot projects from new or early stage investigators that address the needs of integrated health systems, support future grant applications, align with the CHERISH mission, and meet the NIH priorities for health economics research. To date, CHERISH has funded 13 pilot grants to early stage investigators and students/trainees.

Funded investigators will receive support and guidance from the Pilot Grant & Training Core and CHERISH Director Bruce R. Schackman. Support includes access to training activities, consultation with the Dissemination & Policy Core, and opportunities to connect with additional mentors.

Pilot grant recipients are expected to present to CHERISH leadership in-person and/or virtually at least once during the grant period. Principal Investigators of the pilot projects are also required to submit quarterly reports and a final report, upon completion of the pilot project, to the Pilot Grant and Training Core Director Brandon Aden.