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CTSI Pilot Program Awards

Translational Spectrum: T1 - T4 (Image by NCATS)

The Miami CTSI is now offering funding opportunities to support up to four scientifically-meritorious pilot projects that are highly innovative, translational (T1 – T4), interdisciplinary, and/or promote research oriented toward community and health disparities.

The awards (each limited to $40,000 for direct costs only) are expected to generate publications and data for external funding in accordance with the CTSA-mandated NCATS Common Metrics Initiative.


The Miami CTSI encourages faculty to submit proposals that deal with:

  • Health Disparities: directly related to health disparities and racial/ethnic minority health, or addressing challenges in health areas that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Informatics, Data & Diagnostics: novel informatics, diagnostics, data capture tools, analytics, work on Data Trusts, patient-reported data methods.
  • Special Populations Novel Methods: novel methods to engage and recruit underserved populations of all ages, research dissemination strategies.
  • Translation to Care: studies on barriers to translating research knowledge to care/policy; obstacles to team-based research.


Eligibility criteria must be met as of date of submission. Additional important eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the RFA and Instructions document.

  • All UM Assistant and Associate professors are eligible to apply to these awards. Study teams of Full Professors may apply, only if the Principal Investigator is junior faculty.
  • Investigators from the Jackson Health System and the Miami VA may apply, with at least one full-time UM faculty collaborator.
  • Only new applications and first resubmissions to any UM internal award mechanism are allowed.
  • Only translational research proposals (T1 – T4) will be accepted. Basic research studies (T0) will not be considered.

Important Dates

  • LOI dueJanuary 9, 2019 January 15, 2019 @ 11:59 PM – online form here
  • Full application (by invitation only) due – February 20, 2019 at Midnight
  • Funding decisions – April 2019

Important Documents

Instructions and Information
Resources Template
Budget Template
Budget Justification Template

How to Apply

Complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) form online via HERE

LOIs will be screened based on the potential merits of the proposed research. Full applications will be submitted by invitation only.

New Requirement for Awardees

Awarded projects that involve Human Subjects or live vertebrate animals must obtain NCATS approval before the research can start. The process requires that all the regulatory approvals be in place, and may take 30 days or more. For more information, visit the NCATS website.

Who to Contact
If you have questions about the pilot awards program, please contact Program Administrator, Patricia Avissar at or 305-243-5085.

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