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UNYTE Translational Research Network Pilot Awards

These awards provide up to $50,000 for a period of one year to stimulate new research collaborations between University of Rochester faculty and faculty from other institutions in the UNYTE Translational Research Network. Proposals should involve innovative, team-based health research projects that reflect the particular strengths of UNYTE members institutions, and should focus on translational science, which aims to understand a scientific or operational principle underlying a step of the translational process with the goal of developing generalizable principles to accelerate translational research. 

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Proposals must involve a new or expanded collaboration among at least one University of Rochester faculty member and one or more co-principal investigators from at least one of the participating UNYTE institutions. The University of Rochester faculty member must serve as the contact PI.

Funding Amount

These awards provide up to $50,000 over one year.

Important Dates

The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:

  • Release date – July 24, 2023
  • Abstracts due – September 11, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification of full proposal invitations – November 6, 2023
  • Full proposals​ due – January 8, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Notifications of award​ – March 1, 2024
  • Anticipated start date – July 1, 2024

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

Note: All animal and human subject protocols must be approved by NCATS, the NIH institute funding the UR CTSI, 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. No funds for research project costs may be released until all required human subjects and animal welfare approvals have been received.


If you have questions regarding this RFA, please contact one of the following.

General inquiries
Mary Little,, (585) 275-0653

Scientific and Peer Review
OJ Sahler, MD,, and/or Edward Schwarz, PhD,

Financial inquiries
Mary Lyons,


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 the abstracts.

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.

View the 2023-2024 Pilot Awards RFA.
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Awardees and Projects

Current Projects

A Neural Network to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death among Rural Volunteer Firefighters in New York
Dillon Dzikowicz, PhD, RN, PCCN, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Wendy Brunner, PhD, MS, Deputy Director, Center for Rural Community Health, Bassett Research Institute

Past 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

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)