CTSI Pilot Project Awards

The UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides intramural awards to support the growth of interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated clinical and translational research across UF’s broad range of scientific disciplines. It is expected that all research supported by CTSI Pilot Project Awards will provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications. The UF CTSI offers two types of pilot awards:

  • Patient-oriented clinical research, in which an investigator or colleague directly interacts with human subjects;
  • Non patient-oriented clinical research, or clinical and translational research in which an investigator or colleague does not directly interact with human subjects.

Open RFAs and FAQs are posted below. UF faculty members and trainees (residents, graduate students, postdocs and fellows) are encouraged to apply. Please see CTSI Pilot Project Awardees for a list of projects funded since 2008.

Patient-Oriented Clinical Research

This RFA invites pilot project proposals for patient-oriented clinical research, which is defined as research in which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Proposed research can be conducted in any appropriate UF Health facility, with preference given to proposals that utilize the UF Clinical Research Center.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis through March 31, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that the 2014 submission window for the Non Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA has closed. Applications for the Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA will be accepted through March 31, 2015.


What are the basic criteria for eligibility to apply?
Applicants must be a full-time or part-time UF faculty member or a UF trainee (residents, graduate students, post docs and fellows) at the time funds are awarded.

Are applications accepted internationally?
No. Applicants must be a full-time or part-time UF faculty member or a UF trainee at the time funds are awarded.

Resources & Equipment

What resources and equipment are available for clinical research?
The CTSI Service Center and the UF Clinical Research Center (located in the CTRB) provide resources and equipment for clinical research.


What is the fixed ratio in funding categories?
There are no fixed ratios for the awards, however, each category will be represented.

Are departmental matching funds helpful?
Funding from other sources helps to strengthen an application.

Is “foreign” recruiting allowed? For example, can I recruit participants in Haiti if they are tested at UF?
RFA funds would be available for the testing that occurs at UF, but not for activities that occur outside of the United States.


What is the review timeline for the Patient-Oriented RFA?
Scientific reviews and funding decisions are generally completed with six weeks of submission and acceptance of an application.

How long does it take to get the funding after an award is made?
Funding is immediate following completion of the process outlined in the award notice.

For additional detail, please download the full CTSI Pilot RFA Q&A.