Tufts CTSI supports a wide range of research initiatives to help address some of the most pressing health challenges. Our past funding opportunities are listed below.

Pilot Studies Program

The Pilot Studies Program aimed to improve population health by funding projects that allowed investigators to develop and disseminate novel tools or methods, and/or to generate sufficient preliminary data for a larger follow-on study. Applicants we required to have a testable preliminary hypothesis and a defined plan and timeline for seeking extramural funding.


COVID-19 Pilot Studies Program

The COVID-19 Pilot Studies Program aimed to address the urgent need for research on the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). Proposed approaches could include studies that: advanced cutting-edge COVID-19 prevention practices; supported translation of new diagnostics, treatments, and behavioral interventions into clinical care; increased the overall effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 health care and public health interventions; or, assessed the impact of COVID-19-related health policies.


Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Sample Processing During COVID-19 Voucher Program

The CTRC Sample Processing During COVID-19 Voucher Program provided sample processing support for federal and other non-profit studies impacted by disruptions caused by COVID-19.


Community Health Catalyst Program

The Community Health Catalyst Program aimed to address pressing and overlooked health issues impacting the well-being of communities by supporting projects undertaken jointly by community-based organizations and researchers from Tufts CTSI organizations. Projects included those that gathered preliminary qualitative or quantitative data on a health research question of interest, evaluated a health-focused program, or developed a new health intervention.


Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Voucher Program

The BERD Voucher Program provided statistical analyses and computational modeling to pilots or other modest studies that were expected to generate future grant proposals for larger studies and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals.