UTSW PCOR/CTM Small Pilot Awards Program

The UT Southwestern Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR Center) and the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) are accepting applications for small pilot project awards of between $10,000 and $20,000. Pilot awards are intended to help investigators conduct preliminary work in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) with the potential for larger follow-on studies and externally funded research projects.

Given their modest size, we anticipate that most applications will propose preliminary work to develop a new PCOR/CER project or add a PCOR/CER component to complement an existing one. All proposals should include a patient and/or stakeholder engagement component.

Pilot projects will be 12-month, non-renewable grants to UT Southwestern or affiliated faculty. Mentored trainees such as fellows, postdocs, and graduate students can also apply but need to have a faculty mentor as a Co-Principal Investigator. Pilot funds can be used to pay for research staff and direct project costs (participant incentives, transcriptions, data acquisition, programming, etc). Funds cannot be used to fund investigator salaries or food.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. We anticipate funding several small pilot projects every year. Successful proposals will also have to be approved by the parent grant agencies, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Center for Translational Sciences, prior to release of funds.

Applicants should contact Bryan Elwood, the PCOR Center manager, bryan.elwood@utsouthwestern.edu or 214-648-8487, to discuss proposal ideas prior to submission to ensure the scope of work is congruent with PCOR and CER objectives. Please refer to the following links to complete and submit your proposal.