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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

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.

Funds

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.

Timeline

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

2018 Translational Communication Research

The UF STEM Translational Communication Center (STCC) and the CTSI are pleased to announce their intramural awards to support the growth of interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated translational communication research across UF’s broad range of scientific disciplines. This RFA supports original research on the design, dissemination, or evaluation of translational communication efforts. 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. For more details about different types of translational communication research, please visit our website: https://www.jou.ufl.edu/stem/.


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.


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.


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.


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
    352-294-5989, katherineblackbu@ufl.edu

 

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.

 


 

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.