Center for Functional MRI In the Department of Radiology

Funding for Pilot Projects

Listed below are some of the opportunities for pilot project funding available at UC San Diego. The CFMRI currently collaborates with both CTRI and the Center for Healthy Aging as a partner in their Pilot Project Funding mechanisms. Details are described below.


CTRI Funding

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) of UC San Diego biannually solicits applications from all CTRI members, particularly junior faculty, for pilot projects that exemplify the CTRI mission of developing clinical and translational research.  One year pilot projects are funded with the goal to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals in clinical and translational research.  Proposals with the greatest potential to lead to external funding support are given priority.

As part of its Pilot Projects funding mechanism, the CTRI has developed a funding collaboration with the CFMRI. For CTRI pilot project proposals that include human neuroimaging, the CFMRI will support one scan hour (in the form of a pilot hour) for every two scan hours supported by the pilot project grant. Other details regarding the assignment and usage of these pilot hours will follow the policies of the CFMRI. This generous collaborative arrangement leverages additional research support for clinical, translational, and innovative technology pilot projects for CTRI investigators utilizing neuroimaging methodologies. 

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Pilot Projects

Center for Healthy Aging Funding

The Center for Healthy Aging annually solicits proposals for the support of innovative interdisciplinary research and education projects. The purpose of the pilot funding is to foster research and education focused on ideas that are related to thestudy and promotion of healthy aging.

As part of its Pilot Projects funding mechanism, the Center for Healthy Aging has developed a funding collaboration with the CFMRI. For Center for Healthy Aging pilot project proposals that include human neuroimaging, the CFMRI will support one scan hour (in the form of a pilot hour) for every two scan hours supported by the pilot project grant. Other details regarding the assignment and usage of these pilot hours will follow the policies of the CFMRI. This generous collaborative arrangement leverages additional research support for innovative multidisciplinary research pilot projects for Center for Healthy Aging investigators utilizing neuroimaging methodologies. 

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Center for Healthy Aging

Academic Senate

Each year the Academic Senate solicits applications for research funding from Senate members and eligible non-Senate research faculty. Priority is given to junior faculty, and Academic Senate members are given priority over non-Senate members; however, all Academic Senate members are encouraged to apply for grants for innovative, unfunded projects. In particular, the Committee is looking for pilot studies that could lead to more substantive support from extramural agencies.

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General Campus Research
Health Sciences Research

Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

Since 2005, the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) has granted awards in support of innovative research. The purpose of the KIBM Innovative Research Program is to catalyze research focused on ideas that bridge different levels of organization of brain and mind. A goal of this program is to stimulate testing of hypotheses for which no standard funding stream is available. Another goal of this program is to generate preliminary data leading to new grant funding from other agencies.

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Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind