Translational Pilot Program

Town Hall Meeting

Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Director, CTM Translational Pilot Program, will present a Town Hall on Thursday, September 1. Anyone wishing to get more information about the upcoming translational pilot program grant cycle is welcome to attend! The program will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in NB2.101 (North Campus).

The UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) Translational Pilot Program (TPP) is pleased to provide funding opportunities via the following mechanisms:

  • Translational Pilot Program Grant

    Letters of Intent (LOIs) due September 15, 2016 (REQUIRED)
    Applications (by invitation only) due December 15, 2016

    Large pilot grants, up to $50,000 each, for IRB-approved studies, for a 12-month budget period. These funds can be used for research personnel, service providers (core facilities), equipment, research supplies, inpatient and outpatient care costs, and other research-related expenses.
    Download FOA and Application
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Invite Only Presentation
    Applicant Checklist
    Common Mistakes

  • Service Package Grants (SPG)
    Applications due April 15, 2016, July 15, 2016, October 15, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Small grants, up to $5,000 each, for a three-month budget period. These funds can be used for service providers (core facilities), research supplies, and other research-related expenses. Applicants may reapply as needed. See Funding Opportunity Announcement for specific information. Request an application:
  • Parkland Biomedical Informatics Service Package Grants
    Awarded funds must be used for research projects involving Parkland data extraction and are up to $5,000. Applications are due by October 15, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Services provided are feasibility review, coaching on the use of Slicer-Dicer, defining appropriate data elements and sources to best address the research aims, consultation on access and use of PHI, querying the hospital data warehouse for specified diagnosis codes, developing other methods of cohort identification, text mining and natural language processing, generating variables and descriptive statistics for populations of interest, and providing univariate and multivariate analyses. IRB approval must be obtained prior to submitting an application in response to this FOA. Studies must also be approved by the Parkland Office of Research Administration (ORA) prior to processing. This mechanism will not support salaries, travel, and equipment. Request an application:
  • Vouchers for Biostatistical Consultations
    Applications will be accepted at any time. Vouchers for biostatistical consultation and analysis, up to a designated amount of hours based on a quote. There is no budget period, and the voucher will remain active until the hours are used. Applicants may reapply as needed. See Request for Proposals for specific information. Request an application:

The Translational Pilot Program is targeted solely to junior investigators (trainee or faculty member who has completed doctoral training, up to and including assistant professor level) and participants in the Center for Translational Medicine’s formal education programs who display the talent and personal traits associated with career success and who have identified the environmental resources and interdisciplinary collaborations that will make this success more likely. The career path of the applicant and his or her ability to develop interdisciplinary collaborations will be considered in the selection process  on par with the scientific merit of the proposed project. Funding is available to investigators at UT Southwestern and at the Center for Translational Medicine’s (CTM) Council of Partners.

These mechanisms support projects that include translational and clinical research that moves new discoveries along the translational continuum to humans and the community and clinical and community-based research, practice-based research, and health services research. Funding priority is given to multidisciplinary research teams and to proposals with a substantial component of, or impact on, population health. Research that may create intellectual property is welcome. If pilot funding would enhance an existing federally or non-federally funded project, or enable a proposal to a federal agency for use of CTM resources, the application would be considered.

A preferred, but not required, characteristic of the proposed project is one that not only addresses a translational research question, but also provides insights that could be generalizable. Such research would advance translational science, the discipline focused on understanding and addressing the scientific and organizational challenges underlying each stage of the translational process.

For more information, contact Sarah Christian.
Phone: 214-648-0328