Miami CTSI

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CTSI Pilot Program Awards

Translational Spectrum: T1 - T4 (Image by NCATS)

The Miami CTSI offers funding opportunities to support meritorious pilot projects that are highly innovative, translational, interdisciplinary, and health disparities-oriented research proposals that are:

  • Directly related to health disparities and racial/ethnic minority health, or addressing challenges in health areas that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities, and/or
  • Multi-disciplinary projects, where the Principal Investigator (PI) and (at least) one co-investigator are from different fields of expertise, and/or

Meritorious and competitive proposals submitted by women and/or individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in sciences and medicine might receive special consideration.

The awards (each limited to $40,000 for direct costs only) are expected to generate publications and data for external funding.


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.


  • Only full-time faculty at the ranks of Assistant or Associate Professors are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators. Full Professors may apply as collaborators, but the Principal Investigator must be a 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.
  • The research must be translational in nature. Basic research projects are not eligible. For detailed information, visit the NCATS Translational Spectrum page.

Requirement for Awardees

All Miami CTSI Pilots projects involving human subjects and/or live vertebrate animals must receive approval from NCATS prior to the involvement of human subjects and/or live vertebrate animals. NCATS prior approval cannot be obtained without valid IRB/IACUC approval documentation. 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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