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.

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.

As part of its Research Grant funding mechanism for both General Campus and Health Sciences, the Academic Senate has developed a funding collaboration with the CFMRI. For Academic Senate research project proposals that include human or animal imaging, 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 Academic Senate investigators utilizing advanced imaging methodologies. 

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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.

As part of its Pilot Projects funding mechanism, the KIBM has developed a funding collaboration with the CFMRI. For KIBM IRG proposals that include neuroimaging, the CFMRI will support one scan hour (in the form of a pilot hour) for every two scan hours supported by the innovative research 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 research projects for KIBM investigators utilizing neuroimaging methodologies. 

For more information:
Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind