Pilot Grant Program 2013

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The CICATS Pilot Grant Program exemplifies our long-term commitment to translational research.  To encourage, nurture and develop innovative research and technologies, CICATS has developed a translational research Pilot program open to investigators throughout the region.  Funding consideration is given to applications that demonstrate exceptional innovation and collaborative research.  Grants are typically in the range of up to $50,000.

Since the inception of our Pilot Grant Program, 23 pilot grants have been funded and resulted in 30 publications. Data generated from pilot program studies were used in 14 grant applications, of which 8 were funded.  Sources included NIH support (R03, R21, R01, and K23 awards) and foundation sources, such as the Donaghue Foundation and the American Heart Association.  CICATS supports basic research and clinical trials up to phase 2A.   Applications are reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) according to a standardized set of evaluation criteria, including:

  1. Significance of the project;
  2. Feasibility;
  3. Potential value to clinical and translation research;
  4. Innovation; and
  5. Scientific merit.

CICATS encourages proposals that stimulate development of novel methodologies and interdisciplinary team collaboration.  Applications across the entire spectrum of the clinical and basic research enterprise are welcome and all disease categories will be considered.   All CICATS faculty trainees and partners are eligible to apply for Pilot funds.

For additional information please contact Trisha Pitter at tpitter@uchc.edu.