CTSI Pilot Project Awards

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

CTSI Pilot Award applications will be announced in this space as well as in the weekly Quick Links newsletter. In addition to CTSI Pilot Awards, 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. See CTSI Pilot Project Awardees for a list of projects funded since 2008. This Pilot Grantwriters Toolkit is available as a resource to assist you.

Open Requests for Applications

Pilot Project Awards for Research on Pain, Aging, and Disability: Due March 1, 2019

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 and successful applications should propose a pilot project with high potential for leading to extramural research grants and/or career development awards.

We expect to award up to 3 Pilot grants of up to $25,000 each, but the requested budget should be based on the scope of the proposed research. Matching funds from other sources to support the work are encouraged.


  • Applicants must be from a background that is underrepresented in biomedical research (e.g., ethnic/racial minority, disability).
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be a UF faculty member or a UF trainee (residents, postdocs and fellows) in Gainesville or Jacksonville at the time funds are awarded. Priority will be given to early-stage faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or earlier who have not received previous independent NIH funding. However, mid-career faculty members are eligible if they are transitioning to a new focus on pain, aging and disability research.
  • The focus of the project must relate to the topic of pain and aging.

Core Resources

In addition to Pilot Awards of up to $25,000 for one year, the UF CAMPAS is offering Core Resources to facilitate the applicant’s research. Applicants should incorporate one or more of the following Core services into their Pilot Application.

Analysis Core (AnC), Director, Dr. Sam Wu. The AnC provides:

  • Training, mentoring and research career support to CAMPAS Scientists;
  • Biostatistical support in study design, proposal development, data management, statistical analysis, and research dissemination for CAMPAS Scientists’ research
  • New methodology for adaptive design of clinical trials and simultaneous statistical inference.

Community Liaison and Recruitment Core (CLRC), Co-Directors, Dr. Linda Cottler, and Dr. Janice Krieger

  • The CLRC capitalizes on research strengths of two disciplines, epidemiology and communication science, to provide an infrastructure that supports the recruitment and community engagement needs of CAMPAS scientists as well as contribute to scholarly understanding of what processes are most effective for engaging diverse stakeholder groups

View application instructions and more requirements here >

Closed Requests for Applications

2018 UF Informatics Institute and UF CTSI Big Data in Health Sciences Pilot Awards

The UF Informatics Institute and UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute are jointly funding a second pilot opportunity to continue fostering collaborative momentum and catalytic projects in areas of interest identified during the CTSI-UFII Fall 2017 Roundtable Series.

View the 2018 RFA here >

2018 CTSI Pilot Awards

The Fall 2018 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).

We recently revised our pilot process, combining two types of awards (patient-oriented and non-patient oriented) into one.

View the 2018 RFA here >

2018 SECIM Pilot & Feasibility Program

The Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics (SECIM) requests applications for 12-month pilot projects. Awards are intended to support projects that will provide preliminary data for new extramural grant application submissions. The review process will emphasize innovation and the potential of the work to have a significant impact on an important research problem.