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 result in one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal and will provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications.
The UF CTSI offers several types of pilot awards:
- 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/translational 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. 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
Non Patient-Oriented Clinical/Translational Research
2018-19 RFA (applications due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018)
The CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA for interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated clinical and translational research in which an investigator (or colleague) does not directly interact with human subjects. Three types of 18-month awards are available through this RFA: Trainee, Junior Faculty, and Novel Methods and Technologies. The CTSI anticipates notice of awards will occur by April 2, 2018. Applicants will have 18 months from receiving a notice of award to complete their projects.
- Non Patient-Oriented Clinical/Translational Research Project Pilot RFA
- Non Patient-Oriented Clinical/Translational Research Pilot Project Application Form (downloads as a Word document)
- Contact for Questions: For any questions not addressed in the RFA or application instructions, please email CTSI-TraditionalRFA-L@lists.ufl.edu
Advanced Data Integration and Analytics for Translational Health Research
Kickoff Event Jan. 25, 2018
Applications due Feb. 26, 2018
The UF Informatics Institute and UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute are jointly funding a one-time pilot funding opportunity to accelerate high-impact opportunities for data integration and analytics in two areas of interest: precision medicine and precision public health. UFII and CTSI will make a total of up to $150,000 available for this RFA depending on quality of submissions and budget availability. Teams can apply for one-year awards of up to $75,000 each and must involve collaborators from two or more colleges.
- Register by Jan. 16 for Kickoff Event on Jan. 25, 2018
- UFII-CTSI Request for Applications
- Application Form and Instructions
- Contact for Questions: UFII-CTSI_Pilot-L@lists.ufl.edu
2018 SECIM Pilot & Feasibility Program
Applications due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018
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.
- Visit the SECIM website for full RFA and application instructions
- Sign up for an information session
Patient-Oriented Clinical Research
2017-18 Open RFA (applications accepted on a rolling basis through March 31, 2018)
Applications can be submitted in response to this RFA on any date between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. 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).
- CTSI Patient-Oriented Clinical Research RFA 2017-18
- CTSI Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Pilot Application 2017-18
- Contact for Questions: For any questions not addressed in the RFA, application form or FAQs, please email CTSIClinicalRFA-L@lists.ufl.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Closed Requests for Applications
Translational Pilot Program
2017-18 RFA (Submit an email of interest to Katie Blackburn by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017)
The CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA for awards of up to $50,000 each in support of translational pilot projects with “learning health system” approaches that emphasize engagement of clinicians and integration of translational research into the clinical environment. Projects must be completed within 12 months.
- 2017 Translational Pilot Project Request for Applications
- Information sessions:
- Wednesday, Dec.14, 2016, with Dr. David R. Nelson, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., CTRB 2161 or via webinar
- Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, with Dr. Betsy Shenkman, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., CTRB 3161/2 or via webinar
- Contact for Questions:
Katie Blackburn, MSPH
Research Coordinator, CTSI Implementation Science Program
Translational Communication Research
2016-17 RFA (applications due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)
The UF STEM Translational Communication Center (STCC) and the CTSI are pleased to invite pilot award applications for interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated translational communication research across UF’s broad range of scientific disciplines. Translational communication is defined as strategically adapting information to improve accessibility, comprehension, and usability by the intended audience to improve human health and well-being. All research supported by the STCC/CTSI Pilot Project Awards is expected to result in one or more publications in a peer-reviewed journal and to provide critical preliminary data to support extramural applications. Two types of awards are available: Faculty (up to $10,000) and Trainee (up to $5,000). Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, projects that have implications for the recruitment and retention of research participants or novel dissemination strategies. The CTSI anticipates notice of awards by Nov. 14.
- STCC/CTSI Translational Communication Research Pilot Project Award RFA (Full Document)
- STCC/CTSI Translational Communication Research Pilot Project Award RFA Summary
- Contact for Questions: For any questions not addressed in the RFA or application instructions, please email Yulia Strekalova.
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.
- PRICE-CTSI-IOA Pilot Project Awards in Pain and Aging Research RFA
- PRICE-CTSI-IOA Pilot Project Awards in Pain and Aging Research Application Form
- Contact for Questions:
Roger Fillingim, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, University of Florida College of Dentistry
Director, UF Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence