With a core mission to foster innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful research that improves the health of the most vulnerable residents of Kentucky and beyond, our ten primary faculty, staff, and trainees engage important research questions, pursue diverse funding opportunities, collaborate across campus and the world, and disseminate research results to stakeholder and academic communities. CHET aims to enhance capacity of current UK researchers to effectively compete for numerous funding opportunities to conduct high impact health equity research.

CHET Pilot Grants

The annual program recognizes CHET core faculty and affiliates with grants of up to $25,000 for a year-long health equity research project. Funds support meritorious projects that focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities. 

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CHET Just in Time Funds

The mission of the CHET Just-in-Time (JIT) grant mechanism is to enable health equity researchers to obtain small funding amounts to support competitive extramural grant applications, manuscripts submission fees, conference registrations, or support critical health equity training (directly related to a health equity research project).

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CHET: A Strong Return on Investment

CHET receives funding from the College of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication & Information, College of Public Health, Center for Clinical & Translational Science, Office of the Vice President for Research, Cardiovascular RPA, and UNITE RPA. External to UK, CHET has received funding from Aetna Better Health of Kentucky and Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield Medicaid.

These investments have yielded a strong return with CHET faculty receiving grants from numerous NIH institutes and other sources of research support. In just 5 years, the return on investment for CHET has grown from 6400% in Fiscal Year 2019-2020 to 27500% in Fiscal Year 2023-2024 for total active funding, as shown in the figure below.


CHET graphic depicting increasing Return on Investment (ROI) over last five years

CHET's Research Success

CHET’s Primary Faculty demonstrate extraordinary research productivity, including research funding, publications, presentations, and research-related honors and awards. Since 2019, Primary Faculty have been awarded 45 grants for a total of $64.7 million in new funding. Including funding obtained prior to 2019, the total funding for CHET primary faculty is $115.2 million across 66 research projects with current active grants totaling $102.5 million for FY23-24. In addition to their success in obtaining research funding, CHET's Primary Faculty average seven peer-reviewed publications and six peer-reviewed presentations annually. This is extraordinary productivity, especially considering that 8 out of 10 primary faculty are early career faculty and/or pre-tenure.

CHET graphic showing that CHET has 10 primary faculty, $115.2M in research funding, 66 research projects, 7 peer-reviewed publications and 6 peer-reviewed presentations per primary faculty annually