Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Translating Science into Solutions for Better Health

SC CTSI Pilot Funding Opportunities

  • WhenWednesday, February 15, 11:59 AM

  • Eligibility
    1. Full-time faculty members at USC and CHLA as of the date of the award are eligible to apply as PI.
    2. Postdocs, residents, fellows, students, and community members can be included as co-Is.
    3. International faculty who are non-US citizens/permanent residents must have a USC appointment and currently hold a visa to allow them to remain in the US long enough to complete the proposed project.

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Spring 2017 Program Description and Call for Applications

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking applications for pilot research projects of up to $40,000 each from individual investigators or small research teams in two areas:

Clinical and Community Research
These awards are intended to support preliminary research that will lead to larger extramurally-funded human mechanistic studies, clinical trials, community trials, health outcomes research, or implementation research. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research.

Improving Research Methods and Processes
These awards are intended to support the development and testing of new approaches and/or tools that increase the speed, efficiency, safety and/or quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and/or implementation research. Successful applicants will define challenges or barriers in the conduct of research and propose development of a solution that can be tested within the pilot project and/or with subsequent extramural funding. This mechanism is not intended to fund basic or preclinical research.

Multiple Awards: Investigators may only submit one application in which they are listed as PI or co-PI. However, a PI can be on more than one grant if he/she is listed as a co-investigator. Note: an applicant may only receive salary support from one award as PI or co-I.

Priority: Preference and highest priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear path to sustaining extramural funding or to direct implementation of improvements in clinical and translational research processes. Proposals will be evaluated using an NIH-style peer review process.


  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2017, 11:59 PST
  • Final Selection Made: April/ May 2017
  • Submission of regulatory approvals to institution and NIH: May 2017
  • Funding Initiated: June 1, 2017