CCTS logoThe Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) is now accepting applications for the CCTS Pilot Project Awards.  This pilot funding is for new, unfunded hypothesis-driven clinical or translational research.

Awards for up to $50,000 each are available to UTHealth assistant professors and instructors.  Applicants must currently have less than $100,000 direct costs per year in external funding.

For this program, clinical and translational research is defined as any of the following:

  1. Patient-oriented research, i.e., research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects;
  2. Epidemiologic and behavioral studies on humans;
  3. Outcomes research, health services research, and other informatics-based research directly applicable to human health-related research;
  4. Application of discoveries generated in the laboratory to clinical studies or application of clinical observations to laboratory studies (“bench to bedside and back”); or
  5. Enhancement of the adoption of best practices in the community (translation to the community).

Studies that address issues of basic biomedical research and studies restricted to animal models of human disease will not be considered.  Studies that involve human or animal subjects must already have UTHealth IRB and/or animal protocol approval at the time of application.  No portion of the funding can be transferred from UTHealth, and all the funding must be used within one year of award.

Applications are due Nov.1, 2016.

The purpose of the pilot awards is to generate preliminary data to obtain NIH or other extramural grants.  To further the possibility of that, during their pilot funding, award recipients must agree to:

  1. Attend a SPARK meeting on their projects. SPARK brings together experts from all aspects of the CCTS to advise investigators on CCTS services that might help overcome obstacles in their studies.
  2. Participate in Grants 101 (http://www.uthouston.edu/nidp/grants-101/ ) and 102 (http://www.uthouston.edu/nidp/grants-102/ ) (unless the awardee has already received extramural funding or has attended Grants 101 and 102).

Please contact 713.500.7900 or ccts@uth.tmc.edu for information about application and questions.