Promise Research Grants support research at UNC Children's

Carolina For The Kids Research Grants

The CFTK Research Grant process is being handled by the UNC Children’s Research Institute. Please refer to this page for additional information. Applications for the 2019 funding cycle are due by midnight on October 30, 2019.


Carolina For The Kids (CFTK), a UNC student-led organization, raises funds through donations and events, including their annual dance marathon. In addition to their primary mission of providing emotional, medical, and financial support for the patients and families served by UNC Children’s Hospital, CFTK supports a Research Grant Program which prioritizes clinical/translational research projects focused on children’s health. This mechanism supports early career and established faculty investigators (CFTK Faculty Investigator Award), as well as fellows (CFTK Fellows Award). Projects primarily or wholly based at UNC are prioritized.

Some projects we have funded in the past include:

- Improving antibiotic prescribing for children in North Carolina (PI: Dr. Zachary Willis)

- Procedural competency in neonatal chest tube placement (PI: Dr. Jacob Johnson)

- Assessing PCP-Specialist involvement and collaboration in the delivery of care for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (PI: Dr. Neal deJong)

- Improving access to a primary care based positive parenting program (PI: Dr. Samantha Schilling)

More information about the many ways CFTK supports the patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospital can be found at