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Incubator Program

The CTSI Incubator Program supports “super-pilot projects,” two years in duration, that are intended to accelerate innovative scientific discovery in the life sciences and public health, leading to new independently funded research programs. Each award is funded at a maximum level of $125,000 per year for each of two years. Faculty from all UR schools are eligible to apply.

Program Emphasis

Like traditional program project grants, Incubator projects will consist of two or more individual pilot projects, led by collaborating investigators and linked by a scientific or clinical theme. The goal of the program is to identify research collaborations at the institution with tremendous potential to deliver a quantum advance in therapies, diagnostic techniques, or population and public health programs, accelerating scientific progress and leading to programmatic levels of extramural funding. An assigned CTSI project officer will serve as a link between funded investigators, the CTSI and other appropriate resources throughout the duration of the research project.

Click here to view past Incubator Program awardees and projects.

Solicitation and Review Process

Phase 1: Applicants submit two-page abstracts summarizing their proposals. A 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 CTSI Review Committee will engage in a formal study section-style discussion and scoring meeting. Funding recommendations go to the CTSI Operations Committee for final approval.

Important Dates

Note: The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation.

  • September 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. – Initial abstracts of proposals must be received. Please note that the submission system will reject proposals submitted after 5 p.m.
  • November 14, 2016 – Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit full proposals.
  • January 9, 2017 at 5 p.m. – Full proposals will be due.
  • March 1, 2017 – Notification of award will be made.
  • June 1, 2017 – Anticipated project 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.

Access the RFA.

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

Access the abstract submission system.