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Funding for Pilot Projects

CTRI Funding

The Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) 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 wth 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.

New CTRI Pilot Project funding opportunities
Click on the links below for information on applying for Pilot Project funds ($25,000 to $50,000) in any of four areas: Clinical Research, Translational Research, Innovative Technology Research, and Personalized Medicine Research.

CFMRI/CTRI Funding Collaboration

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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Faculty Pilot Grants - Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA)

In an effort to foster the growth of new and emerging scientists, the Stein Institute provides integral start-up funds to new faculty from the University of California, San Diego to assist in the development of their research and careers. Each year, the Stein Institute selects and provides between $10,000 and $20,000 to individual faculty investigators working on projects related to successful aging. The research projects are in diverse, but related to areas of aging– such as imaging, genetics, neurocognition, cultural anthropology, and genomics.

To find out more about pilot grant opportunities at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging, please contact 858-534-6299 or

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Academic Senate - Research Support

Members of the Academic Senate are eligible to apply for individual grants. In exceptional cases, financial support may be provided for individuals who are not members of the Academic Senate (i.e. Adjunct and Clinical Professors, Research Scientists, and assistant-level Project Scientists). For non-Senate members, a letter from the Department Chair is required in support of the applicant's request and advising the Subcommittee of his/her status in the department. Applications for a non-Senate member received without a support letter will not be considered. The Subcommittee does not support individuals such as associate and full project scientists, post-docs, clinical instructors and non-salaried 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, pilot studies that could lead to more substantive support from extramural agencies.


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Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind - Innovative Research Program

Each year, the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind solicits proposals for the support of innovative interdisciplinary research. Preference is given to proposals from several disciplines or laboratories and for projects that catalyze new collaborative 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. A further goal is to assist in generation of preliminary data that will enable funding from other agencies. Extensions of ongoing research programs are not likely to be favorably considered.

Proposals will be accepted from any of the participating institutions in the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (UCSD, The Neurosciences Institute, and The Salk Institute).

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