CCTS Pilot Funding Program Expands to Include New Disease-Focused, Collaborative Categories

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2017) – The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has expanded its pilot awards program and is now accepting applications. Letters of intent are due Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

The CCTS pilot funding program provides opportunities and resources for innovative, collaborative research relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the nation. The funding for these pilot studies is derived from the CCTS program in partnership with other UK centers and other universities in the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN).

The pilot funding program has expanded to include a new category for health disparities research as well as two new collaborative grants, one with Wake Forest University and the other with the Western States Consortium, which the UK CCTS recently joined. These new categories are in addition to the previously existing categories for  community engagement and projects with diseased-focused centers (Barnstable-Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center), as well as existing pilot collaborations with University of Cincinnati and Marshall University. The full RFA is available here.

Applications in the health disparities pilot category must target two or more social determinants of health or two or more levels of influence (individual, interpersonal, organizational, community or public policy) to propose a study which examines or proposes to intervene in achieving health equity for a vulnerable population. Pilot projects should also include a qualified mentor and mentoring plan where appropriate.

Collaborative pilot awards are designed to catalyze the development or enhance the maturation of multi-institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Appalachia. Applications must include principal investigators from both institutions. These grants reflect the CCTS's position as a regional hub for clinical and translational research in Appalachia.

Research for collaborative awards can be any health-related topic that addresses a significant health issue identified by the community. Research activities may include but are not limited to conducting community assessments, analyzing existing data, pilot testing data collection instruments or procedures, conducting formative research on intervention strategies or messages and testing intervention feasibility.

Questions about the pilot funding program should be directed to Elodie Elayi, CCTS research development coordinator, at

The CCTS is also accepting applications for its small grant program (rolling), the TL1 Training Program for pre-doctoral students in clinical and translational science (due March 31), and CTSA Consortium Multi-Institutional Collaborative Translational Research Pilot Grants (rolling).

In March, the CCTS will release RFAs for drug development and discovery as well as the ATRN/ Community-Academic Partnership Stimulation Project.

Media Contact: Mallory Powell,