This award provides a maximum of $10,000 for a one-year period. The purpose of this award is to generate necessary preliminary data for a manuscript or grant submission that will enhance the likelihood of a timely submission. Salary support is excluded.

Applicant Eligibility

  • All investigators with a primary faculty appointment in DOM are eligible.
  • Must be eligible to submit an R01 as a PI at the start of the grant period.
  • An individual may submit only one pilot proposal as a PI, per year.
  • Applications are welcomed from basic, clinical, health services, and translational investigators.
  • The Research Executive Committee and Study Section follow the NIH proposal model where an initial application and one resubmission are allowed for funding consideration. Previously submitted but unfunded proposals found to have merit may be revised and resubmitted one time.
  • Recipients of DOM Pilot/Bridge funds in the last 3 years are excluded.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should consist of the following (in order):

  • Abstract (1 page max)
  • Summarize the need for pilot funding, how funding will translate into new research, and the outcome of any other funding sources considered for this purpose.
  • Budget (use the linked template)
  • Budget justification
  • Eligibility justification, if scientist track (1 page max)
  • Investigators in the scientist track should include an outline of pathway to independence and a detailed description of how the research plan is different from that of their current PI/Mentor.
  • Project milestones and future funding plans (1 page max with a Gantt chart describing the timeline to external proposal submission)
  • Letter confirming provision of matching/support funds, if applicable

Review Criteria

Awards will be based on a general assessment of overall impact of the research. The Study Section Sub-Committee will recommend funding proposals with a clear path to the stated deliverable.