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:

Current funding opportunities

  • 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.

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  • CTM and Children's Health℠ 2017 Lifespan Grant Awards
    The UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) and Children’s Health℠ invites applications for the Lifespan Grant 2017. Supported by funds from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Children’s Health℠, the primary purpose of this program is to support research into diseases that span the human lifetime and to foster collaborations across the academic and patient care institutes on campus. Specifically, this grant mechanism will fund research activities that focus on diseases that either begin in childhood and extend or manifest in adulthood. This includes the approach to adults with chronic diseases that originate in childhood, both as a consequence of disease or its treatment, or adults who are the survivors of formerly lethal childhood diseases. Special emphasis will be placed on “team science” with collaboration of investigators in Pediatrics, adult care specialties and subspecialties, and laboratory-based research or population-based research.

  • Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Grants
    The UT Southwestern Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR Center) and the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) are collaborating to fund small pilot projects and are accepting applications for awards. These small pilot awards will be between $10,000 and $20,000 for 12 months. 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. The Center intends to fund three to four projects a year for FY 2017 and 2018.

    For more information, please contact Bryan Elwood, PCOR Center Research Coordinator, or visit the PCOR Center homepage.

  • Service Package Grants (SPG)
    Applications due October 15, 2016 and January 1, 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.

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  • 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
    TPP Pre-Award Presentation

  • 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 24, 2016, November 15, 2016, December 15, 2016, and January 1, 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.

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  • Swim with the Sharks! Grant

    Applications (by invitation only) due March 31, 2017

    Funding to promote multidisciplinary translational team science of up to $30,000 for a 12-months 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. Finalists of the Swim with the Sharks! competition are eligible to apply.

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.