Previously Funded Programs
Pilot Project Program in Hemostasis and Vascular Biology (P3HVB)
The VMI offers up to ten 12-month pilot grants of $25,000 a year in direct costs. The P3HVB is intended to attract investigators new to the general areas of hemostasis and vascular biology by seeding innovative research projects that have the potential to open new avenues for critical research in the general areas of:
BASIC TO CLINICAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PILOT PROGRAM (BaCCoR)
The CTSI Basic to Clinical Collaborative Research (BaCCoR) Pilot Program is intended to seed new projects in interdisciplinary, translational research, with each such project representing a collaboration between a clinical scientist and a basic research scientist.
In general, it is the intent of this program to support research that is focused on an observation made by a basic scientist who wants to explore possible clinical consequences of that observation or, conversely, an observation made by a clinical scientist who wants to understand the biological basis that leads to the clinical manifestation. If a basic scientist and a clinical scientist are working on complementary aspects of a (bio)medical question and want to explore areas of scientific overlap, a project describing such research may also be responsive to this solicitation.
PITT - The CTSI Pilots: Innovation, Transformation, Translation Program
The CTSI Pilots: Innovation, Transformation, Translation (PITT) Program is intended to seed new projects in T1 translational research, consistent with the definition of T1 research provided by the Institute of Medicine in its report on the National Clinical and Translational Sciences Award Program. To wit, T1 research is the “translation of basic science research (including animal studies) to humans, including proof of concept and Phase 1 clinical trials.”
T2CP2 - Translational Technologies Cores Pilot Program
The T2CP2 award supports pilot studies in the following CTSI core facilities:
The program provides researchers with the opportunity to obtain experience in conducting experiments with core technologies that were suggested by previously unanticipated results; that would provide preliminary data to support requests for external funding; and that employ technologies/experimental systems with which the investigator has had no previous experience. The T2CP2 program supports services at the CTSI core facilities for projects in amounts ranging from $4,400 to $15,000 each. For more information go to the T2CP2 Program PDF.
CER/RUPHI - Comparative Effectiveness Research/RUPHI
CTSI and the RAND-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute (RUPHI) are offering two awards of up to $75,000 to promote dissemination and implementation research partnerships between University investigators and RAND health services researchers. Funding consideration will be given to pilot projects of one-year duration. Funds may be used to test hypotheses or generate preliminary data to strengthen subsequent applications to a federal agency, foundation, or equivalent organization and to support projects of a larger scale. Projects allowing junior investigators to develop their research strengths or new programs are preferred. Faculty members at the level of assistant/research assistant professor, associate/research associate professor, and professor/research professor are eligible to apply.
CBPR - Community Based Participatory Research
CTSI CBPR program focuses on supporting health service research pilot projects conducted by teams comprising investigators from both academia and the community to address disparities in health and/or underserved areas of health research. Each team had to include a faculty member from one of the six schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and at least one community research partner. The CTSI CBPR program funds two types of pilot projects. The first type focuses on promoting the formation of research teams that involve at least one partner based at the University of Pittsburgh and at least one non-traditional, non -academic research partner. As part of the pilot project, these teams develop plans for a research endeavor in an area that addresses a health concern of the constituency of the community partner. At the conclusion of the pilot project, the team should be prepared to apply to state or federal or foundation sources for monies to support the proposed research. The second type of pilot project focuses on the initial phases of a research activity, and requires that there be an existing partnership between a University of Pittsburgh faculty member and a nontraditional, non -academic research partner, where this partnership was ready to commence the research activities for which the partnership was formed. The next anticipated funding period for the full CBPR award is in the fiscal year 2014.
Coulter – Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partners II Grant Program
The annual Coulter grant sponsors collaborative translational research projects led by teams of biomedical engineers, clinical researchers, and other scientists and engineers as needed. The mission of this program is to develop health care solutions that address unmet or poorly met clinical needs and that lead to improvements in health care and benefit to patients. Examples of desirable translational research goals and outcomes include systems and devices for the improved diagnosis and treatment of disease including diagnostic and therapeutic solutions with potential for commercialization.
CRITiQ - Clinical Research and Informatics: Translation in Quality Pilot Program
The CRITiQ program supports research using the UPMC electronic health record system (eRecord) to translate research discovery into practice, and research that studies the impact of the eRecord on the quality, safety, efficacy, and efficiency of health care delivery. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has partnered with UPMC to develop a portal, the Center for Assistance in Research using eRecord (CARe), for facilitating research using electronic health records. CARe provides a centralized service for obtaining HIPAA and IRB-compliant data for investigators who want to use eRecord data from for research purposes. The use of CARe for accessing such data is required for both University of Pittsburgh investigators and UPMC investigators. The CRITiQ program supports projects at $25,000 each.
UPMC-funded Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF) Program
This program provides modest research support across the broad range of biomedical sciences. These funds are intended to allow relatively junior scientists to conduct preliminary studies that enable them to develop the hypotheses, preliminary data, and methods necessary to support submission of highly competitive applications to extramural funding sources. The CMRF supports projects at $25,000 each.
C2GP2 - Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Competitive Medical Research Fund Genomics Pilot Program
The C2GP2 Program is intended to provide investigators from across the full spectrum of biomedical and medical research with the opportunity to conduct experiments with core genomics technologies using samples from human sources that will provide the preliminary data necessary to support requests for external funding. The C2GP2 program supports services from the CTSI’s Genomics and Proteomics Core Laboratory for projects in varying amounts, up to $11,250.
EnCCoR - Engineering and Clinical Collaborative Research Program
This program will require partnerships between faculty members in the School of Engineering with clinical scientists to initiate studies focused on the development of devices for which the clinical scientist articulates a critical clinical need. The next anticipated funding period for the EnCCoR program is in the fiscal year 2014.
PATS - SPIRiT Virtual Consortium, Part of the National CTSA Nework, Pilots Across the SPIRiT Program
The PATS program supports pilot research projects representing true collaborations between investigators from at least two of the SPIRiT sites (John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University at St. Louis, and Yale University). A true collaboration is one in which the investigator(s) from each of the participating sites has a significant, defined role in the research project. The research project proposed must be novel and not part of an ongoing project, and may address any aspect of clinical and translational science. The principal investigator from each individual SPIRiT institution may request up to $25,000 in support. For example, a project that is being proposed by a team of investigators from three SPIRiT sites can request $25,000 from each participating site for a total of $75,000 in support.
PEIR - Pilots to Expand Investigator Repertoire
The purpose of the CTSI Pilots to Expand Investigator Repertoire (PEIR) program is to provide investigators with opportunities to gain experience with research methodologies with which they have not had previous experience. These include meta-analysis, epidemiologic studies, clinical trial design, and use of electronic health records in research, as well as laboratory-based technologies. The program is designed for junior investigators such as those on NIH K awards or similar career development awards, and for investigators who are within the first four years of their first appointments as independent investigators. Senior investigators (late stage assistant professors or associate professors) will be considered for this program only if the proposed research is focused on learning new methodologies that will aid the investigator in the translation of his or her laboratory based research into clinical research or clinical practice. The PEIR program supports three projects at $25,000 each.
QuMP - Quantitative Methods Pilot Program
The QuMP Program is intended to foster innovative research among junior investigators in the fields of statistics, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The QuMP Program supports projects in interdisciplinary, translational research, where each project represents a true collaboration between a quantitative researcher in the fields of statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, mathematics or a related field, and a clinical scientist either engaged in clinical/patient oriented research or with an active clinical practice. The QuMP program supports projects at $20,000 each.
SPIRiT Consortium Funding
TheSharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation (SPIRiT) Consortium has invited investigators to submit their ideas for broad-based, high impact clinical and translational research projects that can be conducted across all six member institutions.
One award of up to $300,000 is available to fund direct costs for a project that focuses on a common area of interest/expertise and cultivates the individual strengths of each institution. In addition to the University of Pittsburgh’s CTSI, the SPIRiT consortium includes Clinical and Translational Science Award sites at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, St. Louis, and Yale University.