Pilot Grants

CHERISH awards pilot grants on a competitive basis annually for research projects that are consistent with our mission to develop and disseminate economic evidence that will inform substance use treatment policy and HCV and HIV care of people who use substances and to increase the impact of this research by addressing the needs of integrated health systems. Pilot projects must also be consistent with NIH priorities for health economics research as described in NOT-OD-16-025

The Pilot Grant & Training Core is currently accepting applications for funding to add or enhance economic research in an existing project.

Eligibility to apply for pilot research grants is limited to investigators affiliated with the CHERISH collaborating institutions. See Eligibility for additional information. The target amount for each award is $10,000-$20,000 over one year. Approximately two awards will be made in each annual cycle. Pilot Grant awards are dependent on continued CHERISH Center funding.



Angelica Meinhofer, PhD Dr. Angelica Meinhofer is an Instructor in the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her doctorate in Economics at Brown University and previously worked as a Research Economist at RTI International’s Behavioral Health Services, Policy and Economics Research Program where she designed and conducted evaluations […]

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Katherine Wen is a doctoral student in the Department of Policy Analysis at Cornell University. Ms. Wen is working with CHERISH Research Affiliate and Cycle 1 Pilot Grant recipient, Dr. Yuhua Bao, to assess the effects of state policies and practices aimed at improving prescriber use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) on opioid prescriptions […]

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Tyler Bartholomew is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami. Prior to entering the doctoral program, he was the project manager for an HIV and HCV testing, linkage to care, and treatment program at five federally-qualified health centers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of his AmeriCorps service. […]

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In collaboration with colleagues at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Dr. Czarina Behrends will assess naloxone distribution patterns, outcomes and required resources in New York City. She will use these data to develop a model for optimal allocation of those resources in order to prevent overdoses. Her project will use geospatial […]

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Dr. Delgado’s pilot grant will assess physician-level variability in opioid drug prescribing practices for six specific diagnoses across multiple specialties. Dr. Delgrado will use the Optum Cliniformatics DataMart national private insurance claims database to estimate excess prescription opioids prescribed by state and nationally, and calculate the resulting excess cost to the health system. Dr. Delgado […]

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Karen Lasser, MD, MPH and Yuhua Bao, PhD Awarded Inaugural CHERISH Pilot Grants.   Dr. Lasser’s pilot grant proposes to evaluate economic and health outcomes for a primary care-based HCV treatment program in a patient-centered medical home. The treatment model is based on the chronic care model including a multidisciplinary team with physician, nursing, social […]

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