The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh regularly solicits applications for pilot translational research projects focused on the development of novel therapies, devices, and diagnostics for human disease. These awards are intended to stimulate new and innovative research in the translation from basic discovery to human application in order to address unmet clinical needs. The pilot program should foster new collaborations across disciplines and fields of study.
In order to be responsive to the translational focus of the program, projects should involve human subjects and should provide knowledge about new clinical methods, test new interventions, or examine interventions in real-world settings. In order to be responsive to the pilot and innovation focus of the program, projects must be distinctly new directions for the investigator, and not extensions of existing funded work. Cross-disciplinary efforts and new collaborations are desirable, but projects from single investigative groups are also eligible.
Over time, CTSI plans to offer pilot funding addressing all parts of the translational spectrum, special populations, and transitions across the lifespan.