TraCS Planning Grants

Our planning grants aim to stimulate UNC-CH investigators to serve as Principal Investigators for new centers, roadmap initiatives or multicenter clinical trials.

These grants help reduce the barriers for faculty who may conceive large-scale proposals but never move forward due to the daunting process of applying for and carrying out these complex studies. In addition to having scientific merit, these grants must demonstrate interdisciplinary involvement among investigators.

View the Planning Grant Guidelines (pdf)


Planning grant applications are accepted anytime.

An email of intent must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NC TraCS Institute Study Section chair, for approval prior to the submission of an application.

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New requirements for funded pilot grants

The NC TraCS Institute is funded through a CTSA grant from NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). NCATS recently instituted a new policy requiring the review and approval of all TraCS pilot grants involving human subjects research prior to TraCS funds being released. Therefore, if your proposal is funded and involves human subjects research, TraCS will require additional documentation to send to NCATS. NCATS expects to complete their review in less than 30 days.