2020 Pilot Awards Total $1.5 million, 24 projects

ICTR is pleased to announce 24 new Pilot Grant Awards for 2020 totaling $1.5 million. This outstanding group was selected in response to RFAs released in Dec 2019 including those for Clinical & Community Outcomes Research (CCOR), Dissemination & Implementation Research (D&I), Novel Methods, Stakeholder & Patient Engaged Research (SPER), Translational Basic & Clinical Research, and Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Clinic Research Institute-UW Madison Collaborative Research.

These awards reflect ICTR’s support of interdisciplinary research teams, junior-senior investigator collaborations, research across the lifespan, and health equity research.  ICTR is funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), through a Clinical and Translational Science Award most recently renewed in 2017.

Complete roster of the 2020 awards.

The pilot awards supporting community-engaged research are funded through a strategic grant to UW ICTR from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

All awards are subject to a rigorous scientific review process, but post-review, institutional partners may select projects for co-funding that strategically align with their individual research priorities. We are grateful for this year’s co-funding partnerships with the UW Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Center (two awards, $50K total) and the UW Skin Disease Research Center  (two awards, $50K total), which allowed us to extend CTSA funds to support additional deserving research.

Scientific reviewers for the Pilot Awards Program represent interdisciplinary expertise from across campus and the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. Christine Sorkness, Senior Associate Executive Director and Director of the Pilot Awards Program, comments,

Our Pilot Awards Program would not be possible without the generosity of campus experts and community partners who provide thoughtful critiques and feedback for the applications they review. While this spring has been a particularly challenging time for all those engaged in translational research, our reviewers and scientific review panels allowed us to move forward virtually, but effectively! Thank you for your outstanding work!

Other ICTR awards announced this spring include:

Sorkness continues,

ICTR Pilot Grant Awards are particularly valuable and timely during this COVID19 pandemic, which has impacted the entire translational research spectrum. We hope that these pilot funds and the associated ICTR research resources provided, complement campus and community research recovery efforts essential for these investigative teams.