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 several types of pilot awards:

  • New opportunity: Translational pilot projects designed to impact practice-based healthcare, hospital care or the translational research process;
  • 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;
  • Collaborative translational communication research, in which transdisciplinary teams conduct original research related to the design, dissemination or evaluation of translational communication messages used to make research more accessible, understandable and actionable.

Active pilot RFAs are listed below. Please check back for additional RFAs anticipated to be released in Spring 2016. See CTSI Pilot Project Awardees for a list of projects funded since 2008.

Requests for Applications

PRICE-CTSI-IOA Pilot Project Awards in Pain and Aging Research

2016-17 RFA (applications due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016)
The CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA for awards of up to $25,000 each in support of pilot projects in pain and aging research. Projects must be completed within 18 months from notice of award.

Translational Pilot Program

2016-17 RFA (applications due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016)
The CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA for awards of up to $50,000 each in support of translational pilot projects designed to impact practice-based healthcare, hospital care or the translational research process. Projects must be completed within 12 months.

Patient-Oriented Clinical Research

2016-17 Open RFA (applications accepted on a rolling basis through March 31, 2017)
Applications can be submitted in response to this RFA on any date between April 2016 and March 31, 2017. Successful applicants will have 12 months from IRB approval to complete their pilot projects.

The CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA for patient-oriented clinical research utilizing CTSI services performed at a UF Health facility. Both outpatient research and inpatient research may be proposed in response to this RFA. Preference will be given to research conducted at the UF Clinical Research Center, which occupies the first floor in the north wing of the Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB).

Frequently Asked Questions – Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA

Eligibility

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, 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.

Funds

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.

Timeline

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.