Pilot Funding

CTSI Pilot Project Awards support research across UF’s broad range of scientific disciplines. It is expected that all research supported by these awards will result in one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal and will provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications.

Applications will be announced in this space as well as in the weekly Quick Links newsletter.

The CTSI collaborates on other pilot opportunities, also announced on this page as available:

  • Translational pilot projects designed to impact practice-based healthcare, hospital care or the translational research process.
  • 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.

Contact CTSI_Pilot-Awards-l@lists.ufl.edu with any questions.

Pilot Awardee: Azra Bihorac, M.D.

Azra Bihorac
“CTSI services and pilot funding were instrumental in furthering my research,” said Azra Bihorac, M.D., an R. Glenn Davis Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology in the UF College of Medicine. “I received a pilot award as a junior faculty member in 2009 and another in 2011 related to developing algorithms to predict perioperative acute kidney injury. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the CTSI as we further develop predictive models to improve patient care.”

other awards

CTSI Training Grants

The CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program provides training grants and professional development opportunities for doctoral students, medical fellows, junior faculty, faculty, and research coordinators.

other awards

Office of Research Opportunities

Looking for additional resources? Check the UF Office of Research’s extensive and searchable database of upcoming grant deadlines across all academic disciplines and sponsors.


Open Requests for Applications

Rapid-Response Translational Research Projects to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

Accepted April 1-April 30

The CTSI and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs invite applications for translational research projects that can be rapidly mobilized to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. This RFA is designed to support projects that can be accomplished in six months or less and will contribute new knowledge that can inform the COVID-19 response and/or lay critical groundwork for subsequent research while extramural funding opportunities emerge. This RFA invites applications across the full spectrum of clinical and translational research, including preclinical research; clinical research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin (e.g., tissues, specimens, cognitive phenomena); epidemiological and behavioral studies; outcomes research and health services research; and the development of new technologies and methodologies. It is expected that research supported by this mechanism will result in one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal and provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications.

Read or download the full RFA here.

Download the application instructions and forms.

FAQ: The NIH salary cap is applicable, and that the salary cap is $197,300


Closed Requests for Applications

Pilot Project Awards for Research on Pain, Aging, and Disability: Due March 2, 2020

The University of Florida Center for Advancing Minority Pain and Aging Science (UF CAMPAS) is seeking innovative, interdisciplinary Pilot Study applications that address biopsychosocial contributions to pain and disability among older adults. Applicants must be investigators from underrepresented backgrounds (per NIH definition) and successful applications should propose a pilot project with high potential for leading to extramural research grants and/or career development awards.

View application instructions and more requirements here >

CTSI Learning Health System Program Translational Pilot Awards

The UF CTSI Learning Health System Program is pleased to invite applications for Translational Pilot Awards that use a “learning health system” approach to align research and clinical operations to improve health outcomes and advance health equity using informatics, stakeholder engagement, implementation science and other methodologies to address one or more priority areas at UF Health.

Read the full Request for Applications here.

Send emails of interest and/or questions to Katie Blackburn, katherineblackbu@ufl.edu.

2019 CTSI Pilot Awards

The Fall 2019 CTSI Pilot RFA supports a full spectrum of clinical and translational research. Three types of 18-month awards are available through this RFA: Trainee (up to $7,500 per award), Junior Faculty (up to $20,000 per award), and Novel Methods and Technologies (up to $25,000 per award).

Read the full RFA here and application instructions here.

CTSI Precision Health Initiative Pilot Funding Opportunity

Due May 13, 2019

This RFA supported the development of methods, interventions or integrative models with the potential to advance precision health. View the full RFA here and application instructions here. A resource sharing plan is available here. Contact Elizabeth Eddy, elizabetheddy@cop.ufl.edu with questions.

Request for Applications for Pilot Project Awards for Research at the Intersection of Substance Use and Pain

Due Friday, April 1, 2019

The UF Center for Research to Investigate Substance use and Pain (UF-CRISP) is seeking proposals for pilot projects to conduct innovative research on interactions between substance use and pain that is directed toward submission of extramural grant applications. View application instructions and more requirements here >

Pilot Project Awards for Research on Pain, Aging, and Disability

Due March 1, 2019

The UF Center for Advancing Minority Pain and Aging Science (UF CAMPAS) is seeking innovative, interdisciplinary Pilot Study applications that address biopsychosocial contributions to pain and disability among older adults. Applicants must be investigators from underrepresented backgrounds and successful applications should propose a pilot project with high potential for leading to extramural research grants and/or career development awards. View application instructions and more requirements here >