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.

Current RFAs are posted below. UF faculty members and trainees (residents, graduate students, postdocs and fellows) are encouraged to apply.

The CTSI will host 2 Q&A sessions for investigators who have questions about eligibility, potential projects or which RFA is best suited for their proposal:

  • Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., CTRB 2161 North & South
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., CTRB 3161 & 3162

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

Non Patient-Oriented Clinical/Translational Research

This RFA invites pilot project proposals for clinical and translational research in which an investigator (or colleague) does not directly interact with human subjects.

 Application Deadline: June 9, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that the submission window for the Non Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA is now closed. Applications for the Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 31, 2015.

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

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, graduate students, post docs and fellows) at the time funds are awarded.

Are applications submitted 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 Clinical Research Center (located in the CTRB) provide resources and equipment for clinical research.

Funds

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.

Timeline

What is the review deadline for the Patient Oriented Clinical RFA?
All applications will be reviewed, and either an award or non-award notice will be made with 6 weeks of submission and acceptance of application.

How long does it take to get the awarded funding after the application gets accepted?
For the Non-Patient Oriented Clinical RFA, awards will be made on July 15, 2014. Funding is immediate following the process located within the award notice. For the Patient Oriented Clinical RFA, awards will be made within six weeks of submission and acceptance of applications. Funding is immediate following the process located within the award notice.