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.
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 2020
View the 2021 RFA for the Trainee Pilot Award.
August 16, 2021
The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:
- September 20, 2021, 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 15, 2021 – Applicants from whom full proposals will be solicited will be notified.
- January 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. – Full proposals must be received.
- March 14, 2022 – 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, 2022 – 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.
Controlled Delivery of Periodontal Ligament Cells for in Vivo Tissue Regeneration
David Fraser, D.D.S.
Mentor: Danielle Benoit
Identifying Novel Biomarkers To Optimize Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Dystonia Patients
Angela Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Mentor: Jonathan Mink
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.