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URMC CTSI

Pilot Studies Program

The CTSI Pilot Studies Program provides seed funding for highly innovative translational and clinical research that addresses translational research questions, and provides insights generalizable to other projects. Research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community is strongly encouraged. Clinical and community-based research, practice-based research, and health services research proposals are also encouraged. Priority will be given to multidisciplinary research teams, and to proposals with a substantial component of or impact on population health.

Read about prior awardees.

Investigator-initiated Pilot Studies for Faculty

Faculty awards lay the foundation to obtain subsequent extramural funding. The CTSI requires that faculty awardees demonstrate academic productivity through publication of the research. The award provides a maximum of $50,000 for a period of one year.

Investigator-initiated Pilot Studies for Trainees

Trainee awards help awardees obtain the most prestigious fellowship possible following the project. The project should be part of a long-term plan to become an independent investigator. The award provides a maximum of $25,000 for a period of one year.

UNYTE Translational Research Network Grants

UNYTE Translational Research Network awards stimulate new inter-institutional research collaborations. The most competitive proposals will involve an innovative, team-based health research project that reflects the particular strengths of UNYTE members and their institutions. The CTSI requires that faculty awardees demonstrate academic productivity through publication of the research. The award provides a maximum of $50,000 for a period of one year.

Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods (NBEM) Awards

Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods awards support the development of novel biostatistical and epidemiologic methods that overcome specifically identified analytic limitations and significantly enhance the validity and accuracy, scope or speed of clinical or translational research. A maximum of $35,000 will be awarded for a 1 year period. Strong proposals spanning two years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Solicitation and Review Process

Phase 1: Applicants submit one-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 for faculty, trainee and UNYTE proposals. NBEM proposals are reviewed by experts at another CTSA institution through an exchange program. 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 – Full proposals will be due.
  • March 1, 2017 – Notifications of award will be made for the Faculty, Trainee, and UNYTE categories.
  • April 14, 2017 - Notifications of award will be made for the Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic Methods category.
  • June 1, 2017 – Anticipated project start date.

Request for Applications

View the RFA for the Faculty, Trainee and UNYTE categories.

The Pilot Studies Funding Attestation must be submitted with the initial abstract. 

View the RFA for the Novel Biostatistical and Epidemiologic category.

The NBEM Funding Attestation must be submitted with the initial abstract.

Abstract Submission

Access the submission system for Faculty, Trainee, UNYTE, and Novel Biostatisticial and Epidemiologic Methods abstracts.