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Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program

The application period for the 2015 Pilot Studies Program awards is now open!

View the Request for Applications (RFA).

Important dates:

  • September 26, 2014, 8:30AM: Online Information Session. Email pilots@tuftsctsi.org to sign up.
  • October 6, 2014, 4:00PM: Online Information Session. Email pilots@tuftsctsi.org to sign up.
  • October 10, 2014, 5:00PM: Deadline to submit an online Letter of Intent.
  • October 17, 2014: Application available.
  • November 21, 2014, 5:00PM: Final application due.
  • February 6, 2015: Awards announcement.
  • February 20, 2015: Regulatory submission deadline.
  • May 1, 2015: Pilot projects begin. 


Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Program?

Our Pilot Studies Program seeks proposals for innovative, high impact, translational science projects with a focus on building interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams including investigators from the basic, clinical, and/or applied sciences. The Program performs active outreach to generate the strongest pool of proposals possible via broad communication of the program to all Tufts CTSI partners and through methodological study design support, identification of collaborators, and regulatory guidance. Over 50% of all awards over the last five years were awarded to bench-to-bedside applicants, providing a full translational program.

  • What awards are granted?

Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) impact health by promoting research that translates basic biomedical research from bench to bedside (T1), from bedside to practice (T2), and that impacts generally available medical care and public health measures and policy (T3 and T4). Tufts CTSI cultivates collaboration and innovation by offering education and training, research expertise, and financial support to investigators.

Tufts CTSI is committed to support researchers in the development of new translational research methods. In addition, Tufts CTSI leverages its strengths and 39 partner institutions to support translational research in its Signature Program research areas including: 

  •         Stakeholder and Community Engagement
  •         Comparative Effectiveness Research
  •         One Health.

Funding for the 2015 Pilot Studies Program will prioritize Methods Development and the Signature Program research areas.

  • Who is eligible to apply? 

Eligible applicants include members of Tufts CTSI’s 39 partner institutions, which span 12 Tufts University schools and centers, 10 affiliated hospitals, 3 academic partners outside of Tufts, 9 community organizations, and 5 industry and nonprofit organizations. Proposals must designate a Primary Principal Investigator (PI) with a primary appointment or position at a Tufts CTSI academic, medical, or non-profit research partner institution. Secondary PIs and other team members included in a proposal must hold positions at a Tufts CTSI partner institution. Each budgeted key personnel member of the research team must have an eRA Commons Username to meet federal reporting guidelines at the time of award.

  • What is an Interdisciplinary Research Team?

The NIH Roadmap states that interdisciplinary research "integrates the analytical strengths of two or more often disparate scientific disciplines to create a new hybrid discipline. By engaging seemingly unrelated disciplines, traditional gaps in terminology, approach, and methodology might be gradually eliminated." Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) impact health by promoting research that translates insights from basic biomedical research from bench to bedside (T1), from bedside to practice (T2), and impact generally available medical care and public health measures and policy (T3 and T4). In order to do this effectively, team members ideally should be from distinct disciplines, departments, and Tufts-affiliated organizations. Proposals by multiple investigators from a single discipline will not be considered.

  • How can I find out about projects that were previously funded?

To view the abstracts for all prior Pilot Studies Program awardees, click on the links on the left side of this page. 

  • If I previously received a Tufts CTSI pilot studies grant, can I apply again?

If you received a prior award from Tufts CTSI, you may apply again to obtain funding only for a new research project. However, you will not be considered for additional funding for a project previously supported through the program. If have received two Tufts CTSI pilot awards you are not eligible to apply for another award until five years from the end date of your last award. For example, an investigator who received a second pilot award ended in 2013 is not eligible to apply again until 2018.

  • Where can I find the application and other information?

If you submit a Letter of Intent, a link to the applications and instructions will be emailed to you.

  • Can I apply simultaneously for a KL2 award and a Pilot Studies Program grant?

A single PI can submit both a KL2 and a pilot application, and these will be reviewed and independently scored by separate review committees. Please note, however, an investigator cannot be awarded a simultaneous KL2 award and Pilot Studies Program funding as the PI or lead. If an investigator has a KL2 award, he or she may serve as a co-investigator of another Pilot Studies Program application. This pilot study must be a different research project than that proposed for the KL2. Please note, Tufts CTSI is not soliciting KL2 applications at this time.

  • When are the due dates for submitting my application and IRB materials?

Investigators interested in applying for a Pilot Studies Program award must submit an online Letter of Intent by Friday, October 10 at 5:00PM. All pilot award applications must be submitted by Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5:00PM.

It is expected that you will draft applications to the IRB/IACUC/IBC as early as possible, if applicable to your project. If your project is awarded, you will be required to submit your completed materials to the IRB/IACUC/IBC by February 20, 2015 at 5:00PM for final review. It is important to work with your IRB/IACUC offices early in the application process to discuss any potential issues. All projects must receive approval from the respective regulatory office prior to any disbursal of funds.