Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program

Confocal microscopePurpose of the Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program

One of the critical missions of Frontiers is to provide early-stage funding for promising clinical and translational research. The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program provides awards of up to $20,000 for junior and established faculty members at all Frontiers-affiliated institutions for pilot and feasability studies. The goal of the program is to fund pilot studies that will create sufficient data to lead to the submission of competitive peer-reviewed grants. Proposals that involve and promote collaboration among Frontiers investigators are especially encouraged.

Overview of Pilot Awards

  • Letters of Intent and Requests for Proposals are circulated once a year during the fall.
  • Applications are submitted online, and are reviewed by a Frontiers inter-institutional study section composed of reviewers across the broad disciplines of the application pool. The review and scoring follows the NIH style peer-review model, and written reviews are provided to all applicants.
  • A Frontiers Pilots/Collaborative Studies Steering Committee composed of leaders from Frontiers and its affiliates assesses the overall needs of the program, and makes final funding decisions based on recommendations from the study section.

Benefits of Participating

  • Researchers receive funding for early-stage projects that can be difficult to fund through other sources.
  • Newer researchers gain the benefit of participating in a review conducted and scored similar to other funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health.
  • Data obtained from pilot studies can be used to apply for larger grants in the future.

Contact Us

For additional questions about the program, please contact Kelly Robertson, krobertson@kumc.edu, or 913-588-5436.

Information on the latest Request for Proposals for Frontiers pilot awards is available here.

Pilot Studies Grant Awards 2014
Pilot Studies Grant Awards 2013

Pilot Studies Grant Awards 2012
Pilot Studies Grant Awards 2011