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UNYTE Pipeline to Pilot Awards

These awards stimulate research partnerships between University of Rochester faculty and faculty from other UNYTE member institutions. Proposed projects should lead to application for further UR CTSI pilot funding or to independent external funding. Projects should also 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. 

Learn more about the UNYTE Translational Research Network.

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One of the members of the applying team must have a primary faculty appointment at the University of Rochester. This team member will be the contact PI for the project. The team must also include at least one faculty member at another UNYTE member institution. Questions about the UNYTE Translational Research Network should be directed to Karen Vitale,

Funding Amount

These awards provide up to $20,000 over 11 months.

Important Dates

The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:

  • Full proposals​ due –  February 12, 2024
  • Notifications of award​ – May 1, 2024
  • Anticipated start date – July 1, 2024
  • End date – May 31, 2025 (all project activities and spending must be completed by this date)


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

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

UNYTE Program inquiries 
Karen Vitale,

Financial inquiries
Mary Lyons,, (585) 275-0667 


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.

Please review the 2024 UNYTE Pipeline-to-Pilot RFA
CTSI Cost Sharing Information
CTSI Signoff Form 11/2021

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Scholars and Projects

Current Project

The effect of environmental biodiversity on platelet function
Craig Morrell D.V.M., Ph.D., Dean's Professor of Medicine and in the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute at URMC
Brian Rudd, M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Immunology in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

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.