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UNYTE Translational Research Network Pipeline-to-Pilot Awards

These awards provide up to $20,000 over 11 months to stimulate research partnerships between UNYTE member institutions so they may compete for future research funding. Research teams must consist of one faculty member at the University of Rochester and at least one faculty member at another UNYTE member institution. Proposed projects should lead to application for further UR CTSI pilot funding or to independent external funding. Learn more about the UNYTE Translational Research Network.

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

Applicants submit two-page proposals, along with supporting documentation. A UNYTE Review Committee that may include both UR CTSI leadership and UNYTE members, as well as additional experts, will engage in a formal study section-style discussion and scoring meeting. Funding recommendations go to the UR CTSI Executive Team for final approval.

CTSI Cost Sharing Information
CTSI Signoff Form 11/2021


2023 UNYTE Pipeline-to-Pilot RFA

  • Application deadline: April 3, 2023
  • Award notification: June 5, 2023
  • Earliest start date: July 3, 2023
  • End date: May 31, 2024 (all project activities and spending must be completed by this date)

Past Projects

A multiplex SERS-based assay for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses
Andrew Cameron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
James Turner, Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton
Susan Lane, Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton
Chuan-Jian Zhong, Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton

TRPC6 as a Diagnostic Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in Scleroderma
Benjamin Korman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology at URMC
Karin Wuertz-Kozak, Ph.D., M.B.A., Kate Gleason Endowed Full Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Bioinformatics Cooperative
John Ashton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Genetics and Co-Director of the Functional Genomics Center at URMC
Paula Vertino, Ph.D., Wilmot Distinguished Professor of Cancer Genomics and Professor of Biomedical Genetics at URMC
Jacquelyn Lillis, Bioinformatician in the Functional Genomics Center and Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research at URMC
André Hudson, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology
Gary Skuse, Ph.D., Professor in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology

CRISPR-Cas13 Enabled Sensitive Optofluidic Platform for Zika RNA Sensing
Mitchell O’Connell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at URMC
Ke Du, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Developing a virtual reality approach to study and rehabilitate vision after stroke
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D., and Gabriel Diaz, Ph.D.

Measuring postpartum contraceptive uptake and interconception periods in the electronic medical record
Brooke Levandowski, Ph.D., M.P.A., and Renee Mestad, M.D., MSCI

Transplacental Transfer of Vitamin D3 and 25(OH)D3 in Human Pregnancy
Eva Pressman, M.D., and Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D.

Advanced Digital Stethoscope - Pilot Study of Acoustic Diagnostics for Left Ventricular Assist Devices
Karl Schwarz, M.D., David Borkholder, Ph.D., and Steven Day, Ph.D.