CTSI Pilot Project Awards

CTSI Pilot project awards

About the awards

These 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. New award opportunities will be announced on this page, as well as in the UF CTSI's Quick Links Newsletter.

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PILOT AWARDEE SPOTLIGHT

Azra Bihorac, MD

"CTSI services and pilot funding were instrumental in furthering my research.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.”

Open Requests for Applications


Open pilot award opportunities will be added here as they become available.


Closed Requests for Applications


2021 Pilot Award Opportunities

CTSI Pilot Awards Spring 2021 Request for Applications (RFA)

Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021, by 5 p.m.

This CTSI RFA will support pilot projects across the full spectrum of clinical and translational research, such as 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. Pilot projects with a focus on COVID-19 are discouraged in both clinical and translational research.

Three types of 18-month awards are available through this RFA: Trainee, Early Stage Investigators, and Translational Research Awards.

Please note that if you have developed your application utilizing the application instructions form, the application platform does not allow copy/paste of tables and diagrams from this document at this time. We are currently working on this issue and will remove this message once the issue has been resolved. If you have any questions re: the application platform, please email CTSI_Pilot-Awards-L@lists.ufl.edu

Pilot application instructions have been updated, please ensure you’ve downloaded the most current instructions document prior to applying. Please note: the CTSI Pilot Awards Spring 2021 RFA application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 12, 2021

CTSI Learning Health System (LHS) Initiative Translational Pilot Awards Request for Proposals (RFP)

Deadline: Friday, April 2, 2021, by 5 p.m.

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 (see below). The Translational Pilot Program is supported in part by the UF-FSU CTSA Award funded through the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. 

This program is seeking pilot projects focused on healthcare topics of interest to UF Health and that have the potential to lead to future extramural funding. Projects can address health care delivery issues such as potentially preventable admissions and readmissions, decision support and/or particular conditions including: hypertension, diabetes, and opioid and other substance use.

Pilot application instructions have been updated, please ensure you’ve downloaded the most current instructions document prior to applying.

UF CTSI Precision Health Initiative Spring 2021 Request for Pilot Applications (RFA)

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021, by 5 p.m.

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UF CTSI) Precision Health Initiative is pleased to invite applications for pilot projects that help fulfill the CTSI Precision Health Initiative’s mission of developing methods, interventions, or integrative models with the potential to advance precision medicine and precision public health. Pilot project grants are one-year competitive awards, up to $50,000, to provide funding for early-stage projects.

Precision Health Pilot Projects may involve any combination of multisource data, including but not limited to molecular (e.g., genomics, metabolomics, proteomics); imaging (e.g., MRI, pathology slides, dermatology images); patient-generated (e.g., mobile health devices, apps); clinical (e.g., electronic health records, devices, insurance claims); public health surveillance; social determinants of health; economic; or environmental.

2020 Pilot Award Opportunities

CTSI Precision Health Initiative Pilot Funding Opportunity

Due Friday, May 15, 2020 by 5 p.m.

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UF CTSI) Precision Health Initiative is pleased to invite applications for pilot projects that help fulfill the CTSI Precision Health Initiative’s mission of developing methods, interventions, or integrative models with the potential to advance precision medicine and precision public health. Pilot project grants are one-year competitive awards, up to $50,000, to provide funding for early stage projects. Read the full RFA here and application instructions here. Contact Elizabeth Eddy, elizabetheddy@cop.ufl.edu with questions.


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

Accepted April 1-April 30, 2020

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


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 NHI 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 >

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


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 Pilot Award Opportunities

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

Information Session: View slides from the April 10 session here. You may also view the recording of the session here.

The UF CTSI welcomes proposals in response to this RFA that support the development of methods, interventions or integrative models with the potential to advance precision health. The CTSI will make a total of up to $200,000 available through this RFA depending on the quality of submissions and budget availability. Teams may apply for awards of up to $50,000 each. This Pilot RFA is open to investigators at UF and Florida State University. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include an investigator from each institution, and principal investigators (PIs) must meet the requirements for PI status as specified by their home institution.

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, and submit your application to her via email.

Florida State University applicants should submit to Terra Bradley, PhD, terra.bradley@med.fsu.edu


Request for Applications for Pilot Project Awards for Research at the Intersection of Substance Use and Pain: Due Friday, April 1, 2019

The University of Florida 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.

Many UF investigators are conducting extramurally-funded research on substance use or pain, but there has been considerably less focus on the intersection of the two. Given that pain can be a primary precipitating factor in initiation and escalation of substance use, it is of vital importance to understand how these two factors interact at all levels of analysis, from molecular biology to clinical care. To begin to address these challenges, UF-CRISP, with the support of the UF Moonshot Initiative, will support pilot projects to conduct innovative and collaborative research at the intersection of pain and substance use that will facilitate submission of competitive, extramurally-funded grant applications.

View application instructions and more requirements here >


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.

View application instructions and more requirements here >


2018 Pilot Award Opportunities

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.