CoreBucks Program

Apply for CoreBucks

This is a focused opportunity to provide support to biomedical researchers investigating minority health and health disparities in Hawaii.  The Ola HAWAII CoreBucks program will provide limited funding (up to $5000) for basic, translational, clinical, or behavioral research projects to utilize services or resources from the Research Capacity Core’s six Support Facilities (  The goal of the CoreBucks program is to aid the generation of preliminary data that will increase the competitiveness of Hawaii’s investigators for Ola HAWAII pilot proposals and other extramural funding.

  • APPLICATION DUE DATE: rolling applications accepted through Ola HAWAII’s website
  • REVIEW PERIOD: reviewed monthly by the Ola HAWAII Health Disparities Council (HDC)
  • AWARD DATE: applicants will be notified immediately after HDC decisions, and funding is required to be spent within three months of award.

Eligible Investigators:  Any faculty member or postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii or affiliate health system in Hawaii.  Projects currently funded by Ola HAWAII through grant-supported research or pilot projects are ineligible given these awards include core use funding.  Given the emphasis on support for early-stage investigators or those focusing on a new line of research, PIs with major funding (such as through R01, P20, P30, or U54 awards) also are ineligible for the CoreBucks Program.

Priority will be given to projects meeting more than one of the following criteria with an emphasis on health disparities research.

  1. New or early-stage investigator or postdoctoral fellow who has or will be applying to NIH or other national funding agency
  2. Established investigator with lapsed funding who has submitted an application to NIH or other national funding agency
  3. Interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators from different academic disciplines or units at UH

Applications should be submitted here. A one-page document is required describing your research project, the budget, and the budget justification for the core services that you will require.  You must also submit a current NIH biosketch, and a letter of support from the Director of the requested Ola HAWAII Support Facility confirming the availability of resources and feasibility of the proposed work.  If your project involves humans and/or vertebrate animals, you must submit your IRB and/or IACUC approval.

Funding decisions will be based on the applicant’s research productivity, quality and potential impact of research proposal, receipt of all application documentation, and likelihood that support from the CoreBucks Program will be leveraged into a competitive subsequent grant application that is relevant to the mission of Ola HAWAII.  Investigators not previously receiving Ola HAWAII CoreBucks will have priority.

Requirement: After completion, investigators should submit a 1-page report to Ola HAWAII summarizing results and potential impact to the project.  Should your project result in a publication or abstract, you are required to cite the Ola HAWAII Program and the used Support Facilities (NIH grant # U54MD007601).  Here is the verbiage: The project described was supported by Grant Number U54MD007601 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Please send inquiries to Dr. Ben Fogelgren ( or Kimberley Spencer (