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.

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

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.

Fall 2018 Key Dates (new extended dates)

Pilot Announcement: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Notice of Awards: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Award Funding Period (up to 18 months): Dec. 10, 2018 – June 10, 2020

The upcoming CTSI studio and resources below are also available to help applicants.

Design Studio

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Room 2161 | CTRB

This studio provides an opportunity to discuss research ideas and questions one-on-one with CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Program faculty members. Any UF investigator is invited to attend to discuss new study proposals, ideas for data analysis, or a statistical or data analysis topic of interest.

RSVP here >


Questions? Email CTSI_Pilot-Awards-l@lists.ufl.edu or attend an information session.


Closed Requests for Applications


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.