ICTS Pilot Award Funding

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Purpose: To encourage early exploration of high-risk translational research ideas focused on emerging areas of basic and applied science with clear relevance to clinical application.

Rationale: The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grant Program is inspired by the Common Fund's NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award initiative (formerly known as the Transformative Research Project (TR01). The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grants are designed specifically to support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.

The UCI ICTS is pleased to announce a new call for the Pilot Project Awards Program. Up to six one-year awards in the amount of $25,000-$30,000 will be conferred in this round. The estimated funding period is April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019.

Eligible Projects

Clinical Translational Science Projects, currently not funded and aimed at obtaining preliminary results for a full application for extramural funds, are considered eligible. Emphasis will be placed on innovation and transformative potential of submitted proposals. The content of proposals, while obviously linked to applicants’ current research, should demonstrate a clear evolution towards novel, relevant, and untested research areas.

A clinical translational science project is defined as any project aimed at accelerating the transition from discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population studies into clinical applications. Note that in addition to traditional research studies, these awards are also open to proposals to pilot innovations in translational workforce development and training, new strategies for accelerating the research process, or new approaches to recruiting participants into clinical trials from challenging populations (e.g., patients in a NICU or underrepresented populations).

Principal Investigators (PIs) must be full time UCI faculty from any school or discipline; junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply, but established investigators pursuing novel research lines are also welcome. Faculty from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Long Beach VA* are also encouraged to apply. If CHOC and VA applicants do not have a joint UCI faculty appointment, their proposals must have a UCI CO-PI.

*All awards to CHOC and VA will occur via a subcontract; no overhead costs will be provided.