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Research Projects


The goal of this program is to stimulate clinical, basic and translational research in the Department of Medicine.  The Department of Medicine will sponsor 2-3 pilot projects annually up to $20,000 to 40,000 each. The program will support both clinical as well as more basic research. The intent is to fund sustaining programs of scholarship that will lead to extramural funding and peer reviewed publications, and to assist in the development of junior researchers in the Department. While all applications will be considered, weight will be given to junior investigators who are the principal investigator. Senior faculty mentorship is strongly encouraged.


The program will solicit applications from the Department of Medicine. All faculty members can apply.


An initial application of one page, and an NIH biosketch (new format) as a single pdf are due by November 30th, 2018. These applications will be scored by a team of senior faculty. On January 9th, 2019 meritorious applications will be invited for a full 6 page submission due March 1st, 2019, with winners announced in April 2019, and a funding start date of July 1st, 2019.

Grants and Publications

The intention is for these pilot project grants to lead to peer reviewed publications and grant applications. Recipients will be asked to present their findings at the end of the funding year to the Department of Medicine.

Abstract Instructions

Limited to 1 page in font no smaller than 11 point and margins of 1 inch which includes the following:

  1. Project title and names of the PI and co-investigators 
  2. Mentor's name (if appropriate)
  3. Specific Aims of the project
  4. A brief description of the research plan

An NIH CV should be combined to the 1 page abstract (a-d) in a single combined pdf document.

Submissions that do not conform to these instructions will not be reviewed

Applications should be submitted to

Questions can be addressed to

Form and Documentation

Biosketch Form

Download these instructions as a PDF