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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.


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 faculty and UNYTE proposals. Funding recommendations go to the UR CTSI Executive Team for final approval.

CTSI Cost Sharing Information
CTSI Signoff Form 2020

View the 2020 RFA for the UNYTE Pilot Awards.

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


The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:

  • September 14, 2020 – Initial abstracts of proposals must be received. Please note that the online submission system will reject proposals submitted after 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9, 2020 – Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit full proposals. 
  • January 11, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. – Full proposals will be due.
  • March 8, 2021 – Notifications of Award will be made.
  • July 1, 2021 – The earliest anticipated start date.

Past Projects

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)