CTSI Pilot Project Awards

These awards support 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 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.


Closed Requests for Applications

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 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.