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UNYTE Translational Research Network Grants

The UR CTSI Pilot Studies program offers awards of up to $50,000 for a period of one year to stimulate new inter-institutional research collaborations. Proposals should involve an innovative, team-based health research project that reflects the particular strengths of UNYTE members and their institutions. The UR CTSI requires that faculty awardees demonstrate academic productivity through publication of the research. Information about UNYTE member institutions can be found on the UNYTE web page.

UNYTE Translational Research Network grant 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 proposals. Funding recommendations go to the UR CTSI Executive Team for final approval.

CTSI Cost Sharing Information
CTSI Signoff Form
View the 2023-2024 Pilot Awards RFA.

The Funding Attestation must be submitted with the initial abstract and full proposal.

Important Dates

Release Date

July 24, 2023


The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:

  • September 11, 2023 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 6, 2023 – Applicants from whom full proposals will be solicited will be notified. 
  • January 8, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. – Full proposals must be received.
  • March 1, 2024 – 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, 2024 – The anticipated start date.

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.

Current Projects

Wearable Multisystem Recordings to Improve Seizure Diagnostics and SUDEP Risk
Inna Hughes, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at URMC
David Auerbach, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Past Projects

Non-Invasive Measurement of Human Hand Flexor Tendon Forces Using Ultrasound Elastography
Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at URMC 
Constantinos Ketonis, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at URMC
Michael Richards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Novel hearing assessment method to predict communication challenges for pre-term infants
Ross Maddox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at URMC
Beth Prieve, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University

Lymphoma and its microenvironment; a novel in vivo model to study its interplay
Steven Bernstein, M.D.
Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Regional Ultrasound Wall Strain Measurements to Predict Risk of AAA Rupture
Ankur Chandra, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery)

Validity of Self-Reported Data for Studying Cognitive Problems and Depression
Katia Noyes, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Regional stat tumor procurement to support studies of lymphoma
Richard Burack, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Co-Investigator: Robert Hutchison, MD (SUNY Upstate Medical University)