Pilot Award Program

SAC Incubator projects will foster the establishment of extramurally-funded, nationally-recognized centers of excellence in biomedical research with the potential to generate new strategic directions for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University. Funded projects will be innovative, multi-investigator projects with the potential to give new life to the overall scientific portfolio of the UR and keep the institution in the forefront of today’s fast-paced and competitive scientific landscape. Each SAC Incubator proposal must involve a team of 3 or more co-principal investigators. A multi-PI leadership plan is required.

New RFA for SAC incubator grant


Letter of intent: November 3, 2014

Submission: February 16, 2015

View the RFA on the SAC Incubator Program.


Funded Incubator Project (award initiated 7/1/14):

Project Title: “Intra-tissue refractive index shaping (IRIS) for customizing refractive correction.” 
PIs: Krystel Huxlin, Wayne Knox, and Jonathan Ellis.

First Funded Proposal in the Prevention Pilot Program:

Project Title: “Improving population eye health: A pilot study on personalized health education for high-risk diabetic patients – impacts on health self-awareness and self-care.” 
PIs: Rajeev S. Ramchandran MD, MBA

Request for Applications (RFA)

Pilot Funding in Aging Research (RFA released 6/12/14):

View the Pilot Funding in Aging Research information.

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