Grant Program

Cottage Health Research Institute Laboratory

The Cottage Health Research Grant Program promotes educational activities related to medical research and facilitates quality medical research by providing financial and grant preparation support for proposed research projects affiliated with Cottage Health. Through this grant program CHRI intends to support the medical and scientific community and equip it with the tools it needs to enhance:

  • the latest clinical medical research
  • the basic science and principles of emerging technology
  • the newest medical instrumentation and commercial pharmaceutical developments

By educating and supporting the biomedical community, we hope to ensure a healthier future through research.

Program Overview

Cottage Health’s active research program has a base endowment of $2.4 million. Since the program’s inception in 1986, more than 175 research proposals have been accepted and funded.

The Research Program was established to encourage research by health professionals at Cottage and was later expanded to include biomedical research conducted by other scientists within the community. Our program can provide funding of up to $50,000 annually for innovative new ideas and small research projects.

The program gives priority to projects requiring "seed money" for initiating or continuing research for which additional funding from other sources will subsequently be sought. Criteria for funding include significance, scientific merit, probability of successful completion, and potential for obtaining extramural continuation of funding.

Any health professional affiliated with Cottage Health is eligible to submit an application for funding. Health professionals or scientists not affiliated with Cottage are eligible to submit grant proposals to the Research Program; however, a Cottage-affiliated health professional must collaborate on the proposal and the research must be performed locally.

Past grant recipients include:

  • Switch-like regulation of GABAergic and Glutamatergic Neuronal Differentiation
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Adele Doyle (UCSB) and Dr. Phil Delio (Cottage Health)
  • Solving The Nanoscale Structural Organization of Mammalian Cone Photoreceptor Outer Segments in 3D using Intermediate Voltage Electron Tomography
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Steven Fisher (UCSB) and Dr. Robert Avery (Cottage Health)
  • Parent-Child Bio-Behavioral Synchrony in Autism
    Principal Investigator: Dr. Ty Vernon (UCSB) and Dr. Laura Sices (Cottage Health)
  • Cannabinoid Neuroprotection of Retinal Ganglion Cells in Glaucoma
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Benjamin Reese (UCSB) and Dr. Wilson Wu (Cottage Health)
  • Smartphone-based combination diagnostic for influenza and COVID-19
    Principal Investigators: Dr. Michael Mahan (UCSB) and Drs. Lynn Fitzgibbons and Jeff Fried (Cottage Health)

Cottage Health Research Institute

Cottage Health Research Institute

Office of Research
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
P.O. Box 689
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Phone: 805-324-9260