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Research and Education Pilot Awards


Initial applications are due by
8am on Monday, November 6, 2023

The Department of Medicine fosters innovation and faculty development by providing funding for research, quality and educational initiatives annually.

The goal of this program is to stimulate research and education within the Department of Medicine. The Department of Medicine will sponsor 4-6 pilot projects annually with funding targeted to meet the scope of the proposal ($20,000 to 40,000 per project). The program will support all forms of research (basic, clinical, and translational) as well as innovative educational scholarship proposals.  Health equity and outcomes research and scholarship are encouraged. The intent is to fund sustainable programs of scholarship that will lead to scholarly dissemination, extramural funding, and/or peer reviewed publications.

While all applications will be considered, weight will be given to applications with:

  1. Junior investigators who are the principal investigator
  2. Strong senior faculty mentorship
  3. A plan for dissemination of findings beyond URMC

To be eligible, the principal investigator (PI) must have a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine. Multiple PI (MPI) applications will be considered as long as one of the PIs has a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine. In this situation, the other PI can be from any University Department, with the other Department expected to co-fund the application if awarded.  This should be discussed with the appropriate chair prior to initial submission. Consultation with the DOM Biostatistics Shared Resource is encouraged.

Applications and Submission

Initial applications are due by 8 am on Monday, November 6, 2023 and should consist of the following as a single PDF:

  1. An NIH biosketch of the PI and mentor(s), emphasizing research, clinical, or educational accomplishments pertaining to the specific project proposal.
  2. A 1-page summary of the proposed project.

Applications will be scored by a team of senior faculty. Meritorious applications will be invited for a full 6-page submission.

Grants, Publications, and Dissemination of Materials

The intention is for these pilot project grants is to lead to peer reviewed publications, grant applications, or other scholarly works. Recipients will be asked to form mentoring committees to monitor progress, and they will present their findings at the end of the funding year as part of the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

Summary 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 applicable. For junior investigators this is considered in the score)
  3. Specific aims of the project
  4. A brief description of the plan

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

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