Translational Pilot Program 

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
    Applications Due May 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. See Funding Opportunity Announcement for specific information. Request an application via CTMTranslationalPilotProgram@utsouthwestern.edu.
  • 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 3-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 via CTMTranslationalPilotProgram@utsouthwestern.edu.
  • 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 via CTMTranslationalPilotProgram@utsouthwestern.edu.

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), KL2 scholars, and participants in the clinical scholars program 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 at 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 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
CTMTranslationalPilotProgram@utsouthwestern.edu