Incubator Program

The 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

Incubator projects may be thought of as “super-pilot” studies. 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.

Solicitation and Review Process

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

Important Dates

  • December 7, 2015 at 5 PM – Initial abstracts of proposals must be received.  Please note that the submission system will reject proposals submitted after 5 PM. 
  • January 15, 2016 - Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit full proposals
  • March 7, 2016 at 5 PM - Full proposals will be due
  • April 15, 2016 - Notification of award will be made
  • July 1, 2016 – 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.

Click here to access the RFA containing the link to the online submission system

Click here to access the funding attestation template

Click here to access the template for co-investigator contact information


Click here to view Incubator Program Awardees and Projects


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