Pilot Grant Funding Programs

Pilot Funding Program

The overall goal of the Clinical and Translational Pilot Awards Program is to provide research support for preliminary and proof-of-concept studies critical to moving basic laboratory findings into clinical applications. High priorities of the program are to facilitate development of enabling technologies, new therapeutic, diagnostic, and novel cross-disciplinary collaborative programs that address the health and health care needs of the people of Appalachia. Pilot funding will be targeted at research proposals which demonstrate ability to be catalytic in terms of generating new programs, directions, and funding for clinically applied research and methodologies.

The Pilot Program will utilize a number of funding mechanisms to ensure flexibility in the ability to take advantage of new funding opportunities:

Community Engagement ($25,000, 12 months)- This award is for investigators at all stages of career development; junior, midlevel, and senior investigators, and is intended to support pilot studies.

Drug Development ($50,000, 12 months)- This award is intended to support new drug discovery and development research with the goal of augmenting the translation of scientific discoveries to therapeutic development.  Specifically, the purpose is to assist in the transition from biology and target identification to clinical targets and to facilitate the transition of discovery through development and delivery to all phases of clinical trials and subsequent commercialization.

Innovation and High Impact ($50,000, 18 months) - This award is for investigators at all stages of career development; junior, midlevel, and senior investigators, and is intended to stimulate innovation and to support pilot studies that will lead to extramural funding.

Junior Faculty ($25,000, 18 months) - This award is intended to support pilot studies by early stage investigators to obtain preliminary data for an extramural grant submission. This award is only open to investigators in the early stage of their career, or investigators who are transitioning into a new area. Applicants must identify a mentor to assist with the investigator’s training.

Novel Methodology ($15,000, 12 months) - This award is intended to support new medical product development. Research teams submitting to this CCTS call for applications, typically would be preparing an SBIR or STTR proposal for NIH, often directed toward the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

Disease Focused ($50,000, 12 months)

  • Joint CCTS-Markey Cancer Center Pilot Award
  • Joint CCTS-Sanders Brown Center On Aging Pilot Award
  • Joint CCTS-Barnstable Brown Diabetes And Obesity Center Pilot Award
  • Joint CCTS-Spinal Cord And Brain Injury Research Center Pilot Award

Partnership with other Appalachian Translational Research Network Institutions ($50,000, 18 months)

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