Funding Opportunities

The Translational Pilot Program is targeted solely to junior investigators (trainee or faculty member who has completed postdoctoral training, up to and including assistant professor level), Clinical Scholars, and CTM Education Program trainees. 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. 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.


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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  • Swim with the Sharks! A Team Science Pilot Grant Competition

    Applications due September 17, 2018

    The UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) is pleased to extend an invitation to participate in the CTM Translational Pilot Program’s Team Science competition during Research Week. One grant of up to $25,000 in direct costs will be awarded. Funding should be used to collect preliminary data for extramural grant submissions. The primary purposes of this Team Science funding opportunity are to 1) promote and support the development of new translational research ideas by multidisciplinary teams of independent investigators and 2) encourage new multidisciplinary team collaborations. The CTM will track the success of the pilot award recipients to gauge success in obtaining extramural funding in team science. Multidisciplinary teams must submit a one-page letter of intent, specific aims page, and bio-sketches to the CTM by September 17, 2018. Five semi-finalists teams will be chosen from the applicant pool to present their proposal to a panel of “Sharks” and to a live audience at the CTM Research Week Swim with the Sharks! event which will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. At the conclusion of Research Week, two team finalists will be announced and invited to submit a full application that will be due Friday, January 11, 2019.

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    KL2 Clinical Scholar Pilot Award
    The primary purpose of the program is to prompt preliminary data for extramural grant submission while tracking the success of the pilot award recipients to facilitate extramural funding in team science. This grant is funded in part by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • 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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