Trainee Pilot Award
These awards provide up to $25,000 over one year to support research trainees as they build a solid research foundation that will help them obtain the most prestigious fellowship possible following the project. The pilot project should be part of a long-term plan to become an independent investigator.
Trainee Pilot projects should focus on translational science, with a focus on understanding a scientific or operational principle underlying a step of the translational process with the goal of developing generalizable principles to accelerate translational research.
Solicitation and Review Process
Phase 1: Applicants submit one-page abstracts summarizing their proposals. A UR CTSI Review Committee composed of selected experts will evaluate, score and discuss all preliminary applications.
Phase 2: A subset of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. The UR CTSI Review Committee will engage in a formal study section-style discussion and scoring meeting for trainee proposals. Funding recommendations go to the UR CTSI Executive Team for final approval.
CTSI Cost Sharing Information
CTSI Signoff Form 11/2021
View the 2022 RFA for the Trainee Pilot Award.
August 16, 2022
The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:
- October 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. – Initial abstracts of proposals must be received. Please note that the online submission system will reject proposals submitted after 5:00 p.m.
- November 28, 2022 – Applicants from whom full proposals will be solicited will be notified.
- January 30, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. – Full proposals must be received.
- March 24, 2023 – Notifications of Award will be made. Awarded proposals must meet several requirements prior to the start date. See the "Requirements if funds are awarded" section of the RFA for details.
- July 1, 2023 – The anticipated start date.
The Pilot Studies Funding Attestation must be submitted with the initial abstract and full proposal.
Note: All animal and human subject protocols must be approved prior to the start date. No funds for research project costs may be released until all required human subjects and animal welfare approvals have been received.
Tendon-targeted delivery of peptide-functionalized nanoparticles to improve healing
Emmanuela Adjei-Sowah, M.S.
Mentor: Danielle Benoit, Ph.D., and Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.
Investigating white matter fiber pathways supporting motor function before and after neurosurgery
Frank E. Garcea, Ph.D.
Mentor: Webster Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Identifying Biomarkers Predictive of Right Heart Failure in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients
Alan Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.
Mentors: Eric Small, Ph.D., Jeffrey Alexis, M.D., and Ilan Goldenberg, M.D.
Transcriptional regulation of neural circuit formation in Intellectual Disabilities
Carlos Diaz-Balzac, M.D., Ph.D.
Mentor: Douglas Portman, Ph.D.
Fingerprinting the most curable leukemia: a step toward de-escalation of therapy
Carol Fries Simpson, M.D.
Platelet dysregulation by antiretroviral drugs and HIV-comorbid disease
Graduate student in the Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Virology
The influence of brain food reward system on the development of obesity
Ying Meng, Ph.D., R.N., A.C.N.P.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Visual cortex plasticity and white matter changes associated with GH and IGFI
David Paul, M.D.