CCTS Pilot Grant Program

Pilot studies are essential for enhancing the rigor of clinical translational research, improving internal and external study validity, encouraging novel research directions and collaborations, and helping prevent poorly executed or futile studies. Moreover, pilot funding can also drive innovation through a strong emphasis on novel collaborations.

Hands in a huddle

The CCTS Pilot Grant Program serves a vital function in advancing translational research by funding a combination of broad translational and multidisciplinary projects and targeted priority areas as identified by the CTSA Program, such as pediatric research, community based research, health information technology, focused drug discovery, and population health. 

    Through the Pilot Grant Program, the CCTS seeks to promote internal and external collaborations and innovation by supporting projects that bridge disciplines across the translational spectrum and create thematic teams of researchers, positioning them for large-scale and multi-site collaborative studies.


    UIC investigators currently supported by CCTS Pilot Grants

    The CCTS is not currently accepting applications for Pilot Grant projects. 

    Read the full AY17-18 RFA and Pilot Grant Guidelines