About the Pilot Program

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:

TraCS $2K

  • Awarding $2,000 grants to assist researchers in implementing a proposed study or moving a research project forward. (no match required)
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  • Awarding $2,000 vouchers for intensive consultation services from the NC TraCS Community Advisory Boards (CABs)
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TraCS $5-50K

  • 1-year grants of up to $50,000 (50% match required)
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  • RTI / UNC / N.C. A&T collaborative grants (grants eligible for 50% match)
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  • Method areas of emphasis: 1) Drugs, Devices and Diagnostics Development (4D), 2) Comparative Effectiveness Research
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TraCS 4D

  • Special emphasis on Drugs, Devices and Diagnostics Development (50% match required)
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Additional Funding

  • Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill CTSA Consortium Collaborative Translational Research (T1/T2) Pilot Grants — This T1/T2 pilot program is designed to encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. Cross-disciplinary basic research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease and clinical research/trials are areas of interest for these awards.
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  • NC TraCS/NC State Collaborative Pilot Grants — This pilot program is designed to encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. Cross-disciplinary translational research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease and clinical research/trials are areas of interest.
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  • Multi‐site CTSA “Carolinas Collaborative” Translational Research Pilot Program — 4 CTSA hubs have partnered with Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) to create the Carolinas Collaborative, a data resource harmonizing the electronic health record data across the institutions to expedite clinical research and quality improvement activities. Proposals up to $100,000 should involve at least 2 hubs to generate new knowledge and improve the quality of care delivered.
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  • Translational Science Methods & Process Awards — This funding mechanism supports research that will advance translational science, the discipline focused on understanding and addressing the scientific and organizational challenges underlying each stage of the translational process.
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  • CTSA Multi-Institutional Grants — Promoting inter-institutional collaborations across 60 CTSA institutions to fund translational research projects that involve at least 2 or more CTSAs.
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  • TraCS Planning Grants — Awarding grants to help UNC-CH investigators serve as Principal Investigators for new centers, roadmap initiatives or multi-center clinical trials.
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  • 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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  • KickStart Venture Services (Commercialization) Awards — Awarding $25,000 to $50,000 grants to help early-stage companies meet commercial milestones.
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