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CTSI Pilot Program Awards

Translational Spectrum: T1 - T4 (Image by NCATS)

The Miami CTSI is now offering funding opportunities to support up to three scientifically-meritorious pilot projects in any health-related field for one year. These projects are expected to advance translational (T1 – T4), innovative and interdisciplinary research, and/or promote research oriented toward community and health disparities.

The awards (each limited to $40,000 for direct costs only) are meant to generate preliminary data for a peer-reviewed federal grant (e.g., NIH, NSF, DoD) submission, or as part of a funded mentored research career development award.

In alignment with its mission, the Miami CTSI will give priority to projects that are

  1. Directly related to health disparities and racial/ethnic minority health, or addressing challenges in health areas that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities.
  2. Multi-disciplinary projects where the Principal Investigator and at least one of his/her collaborators are from different fields of expertise.
  3. Studies on emerging health issues across lifespan (e.g. HIV/AIDS, health disparity, OneFlorida studies).
  4. Novel informatics, diagnostics, data capture tools; analytics, work on Data Trusts, patient-reported data methods.
  5. Novel methods to engage & recruit underserved populations of all ages; research dissemination strategies.
  6. Studies on barriers to translating research knowledge to care/policy; obstacles to team-based research.


Eligibility criteria must be met as of date of submission. Additional important eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the RFA and Instructions document.

  • All UM full-time faculty are eligible to apply to these awards. Investigators from the Jackson Health System and the Miami VA may apply, with at least one full-time UM faculty collaborator.
  • Only new applications and first resubmissions to any UM internal award mechanism are allowed.
  • Only translational research proposals (T1 – T4) will be accepted. Basic research studies (T0) will not be considered.

Important Dates

  • LOI due – June 25, 2018.
  • Full application (by invitation only) due – July 30, 2018 at Midnight
  • Funding decisions – September 2018

Important Documents

Resources & Budget Templates

How to Apply

Complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) form online via InfoReady HERE

LOIs will be screened based on the potential merits of the proposed research. Full applications will be submitted by invitation only.

New Requirement for Awardees

Awarded projects that involve Human Subjects or live vertebrate animals must obtain NCATS approval before the research can start. The process requires that all the regulatory approvals be in place, and may take 30 days or more. For more information, visit the NCATS website.

Who to Contact
If you have questions about the pilot awards program, please contact Program Administrator, Patricia Avissar at or 305-243-5085.

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