Western States Consortium Pilot Grants

The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), the University of Kansas (KU), University of Utah, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) jointly offer funding for collaborative pilot projects in clinical and translational research. Projects should exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the National Institutes of Health.

The purpose of this RFA is to promote inter-institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more CTSA institutions.

Principal Investigators for these awards must be members of the institution’s faculty (junior or senior investigators).

Investigators will write one application with two separate budgets that will be submitted separately to each participating institution. Investigators will submit one application to the two participating institutions by each institution’s deadline.

Application components may include:

  • Cover page
  • Abstract
  • 5 page Research Plan (does not include references)
  • Specific plan to obtain extramural funding including timeline of grant submission
  • NIH biosketch on all participants
  • Budget and budget justification

See current RFA for specific instructions and submission deadlines.

Each application will be reviewed at each separate institution during a normal pilot project review cycle.  The review committee will consist of each institution’s normal pilot project review committee. Each application will be reviewed by that institution’s evaluation criteria which may include but is not limited to:

1.       Scientific merit/quality of research plan

2.       Probability of extramural funding, if successful

The research activities at each participating research site will be funded by that institution’s CTSA. Because each institution participating in this program decides how much funding will be devoted to the program, the amount of funding available will vary depending on the institutions of the investigators involved in a proposal. It is anticipated that funds in the range from $10,000 to $25,000 direct costs per project per participating institution may be available for these collaborative projects.

Projects must be approved at each participating CTSA and by each CTSA’s PI.