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Pilot Awards

The UR CTSI provides a variety of pilot funding opportunities for innovative translational and clinical research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community. Our grants range in size and focus – from $10,000 “pipeline-to-pilot” awards that encourage and support collaborative activities to $200,000 awards that provide two years of funding to accelerate innovative scientific discovery in the life sciences and public health. Grant proposals that include multidisciplinary research teams and stand to have a substantial impact on population health will receive priority.


Incubator Awards

Two-year awards of up to $100,000 per year for innovative research programs.


Pilot Awards

One-year awards ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 per year.



Seed funding of $10,000 - $15,000 to foster future UR CTSI pilot or external funding applications.

Translational Science Pilot Award

The UR CTSI is seeking applications for pilot translational projects from investigators with expertise in translational science. Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process, with the goal of developing generalizable principles to accelerate translational research. This is distinct from translational research, which is research that could be translated into a clinical therapy. 

We expect to fund up to 3 awards from the following areas:


View the full RFA.

Submit applications. 

Submit letters of intent by Monday, April 10, 2023, by 5 p.m.

Full invited proposals will be due Monday, May 15, 2023, by 5 p.m.

Questions may be directed to