AY21-22 Pilot Grant Program call for applications- deadline this Friday

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science announces the availability of pilot grant funding for Academic Year 2021-2022.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science announces the availability of pilot grant funding for Academic Year 2021-2022.

These pilot grant awards will be for two years, up to $30,000 annually, with funding starting January 2022.

CCTS Pilot Grant Program seeks to:

  • foster outstanding new clinical and translational health research at UIC by supporting the development of preliminary data that can be used to launch new NIH or other externally-funded research proposals;
  • encourage interdisciplinary teams of investigators that spans across Colleges and campus to develop collaborations or new research avenues;
  • promote interactions between basic, clinical and public health scientists; and
  • support research collaborations with community partners and organizations.

Pilot funding aims to support several aspects of the collaboration that will lead to successful extramurally funded research programs.

Aspects include but are not limited to:

  • proof of principle studies for new methodologies;
  • feasibility studies for patient recruitment;
  • measurement validation studies;
  • pilot intervention studies to inform sample size and power estimation;
  • establishment of collaborative community partnerships;
  • development of new technologies to address a clinical research problem;
  • improvements in biomedical informatics architecture and/or delivery of services,
  • new methods for structuring or analyzing data sets; and
  • stimulating child clinical research.

AY21-22 Priority Areas

Although applications are welcome in the broad domains of clinical translational research, we are especially interested in applications covering the following priority areas for Fall 2021 funding:

  • Projects directly addressing studies to understand the mechanisms of disease underlying Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or factors related distinguishing PASC+ from PASC- among SARS-CoC-2 infected patients
  • Projects directly addressing issues relevant to pandemic prevention/response/mitigation by supporting rapid response research questions
  • Innovations in chronic pain management (including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches especially to reduce opioid use. (see NIH HEAL initiative)
  • Health disparities/health equity
  • Health issues related to homelessness
  • Innovative implementation science: implementation methods that promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical or policy contexts
  • Projects linking patient data to Chicago Health Atlas data and Healthy Chicago 2.0
  • Projects that leverages Healthy Chicago 2025 priorities
  • Studies on methods to improve the clinical translational research process
  • Projects grounded in bidirectional community-based participation
  • Child health research

Application Timeline:
Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: FRIDAY, August 27, 2021 by 5:00PM CST

  • Invitation to submit Full Application: Anticipated- September 27, 2021
  • Full Applications Due: Wednesday, November 22, 2021 by 5:00PM CST
  • Notice of Award Sent: Anticipated- January 7, 2022
  • Pilot Award Start Date: January 16, 2022