We provide a variety of pilot funding opportunities to facilitate the transfer of research findings to clinical practice in order to improve the health of the people of North Carolina.

The program is designed to encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research in its many forms. Cross-disciplinary basic science research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease, clinical research/trials, epidemiological studies, and/or community-based research are considered eligible for these awards:

Funding your research

NC TraCS has offered a variety of pilot funding opportunities since 2008, awarding over 1,100 pilot grants totaling over $27M. TraCS-supported pilot studies have resulted in over 520 external "follow-on" grants, totaling over $435M in research funding at UNC and our partner institutions.

Recently, the funding agency for NC TraCS' CTSA grant, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), has shifted the priorities of the CTSA Program to advance the field of Translational Science more explicitly. In response to this new initiative, our pilot program has developed and released a new pilot funding opportunity in Clinical and Translational Science.

Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Pilot Program

  • We are seeking proposals that focus on understanding a scientific or operational principle underlying a step of the translational research process with the goal of developing generalizable principles to accelerate translation. This Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) pilot award is intended to support Clinical and Translational Science, the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. Next submission deadline TBD.

Additional Funding

  • NEW!  The Novant-UNC Research Capacity Building Grants afford teams comprised of UNC and Coastal investigators with up to $500,000 over 2-3 years. The aim is to build sustainable and high impact research teams focused on Coastal health concerns and populations. Submissions due: Feb 14, 2024
  • NEW!  The Health Equity Research Advisory Council is now accepting applications for two opportunities: the Health Equity Research Training Awards (sponsoring up to 10 awards to reimburse up to $500-$1,650 to fund training for investigators interested in conducting health equity research relevant to Southeastern North Carolina) and the Health Equity Research Presentation Travel Fund (sponsoring up to 3 research travel awards to reimburse up to $1,650 each for investigators interested in presenting health equity research relevant to Southeastern North Carolina to an academic or community outlet.).
  • Pilot Program Partnerships — Partnering with the UNC School of Medicine Office of Research for two programs: Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA) and Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR).
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