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Funding Opportunities

Pilot RFA's release

ICTR welcomes applicants for its 2016 Pilot Awards Program that incorporates the T0 to T4 research classifications introduced last year. These targeted research areas will continue to include basic discovery research, patient-based clinical research, patient-centered outcomes research, dissemination and implementation (D&I) research, community engaged research, and discovery and development of novel therapeutics.

ICTR continually updates the pilot awards program to include new initiatives and funding opportunities, such as our service laboratory vouchers and D&I supplements. We provide workshops and short courses on specific topics for investigators seeking to enter new research areas, as well as online SMPH Video Library resources.

ICTR Pilot Programs Now Available

RFA Awards Program Translational Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Awards Program Awards Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Award Dissemination Supplement Award Dissemination & Implementation Research Award Program Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
Maximum $ /Time $50,000/
12 Months
12 Months
Three tiers of funding (up to $5,000, up to $10,000, up to $15,000)
18-month time line – NO extensions allowed
18 Months
12 Months
Mandatory Letter of Intent Receipt January 15, 2016 January 15, 2016
Mandatory Grant Workshop:
Online RFA Primer available December 15, 2015
Not Required January 15, 2016
Mandatory Workshop: February 2, 2016 11am-noon -  Location: HSLC Room 1345
January 15, 2016
Mandatory Grant Workshop: Details in RFA (PCOR Training)
Application Due March 4, 2016 March 18, 2016 March 18, 2016 March 18, 2016 March 18, 2016
Peer Review April-May, 2016 March-May 2016 March-May 2016 March-May 2016 March-May 2016
Award Announcement July 1, 2016 June 2016 June 2016 June 2016 June 2016
Earliest Start Date July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
RFA Documents & Face Pages Basic & Clinical Translational Research Pilot Awards Program
Face Page and Abstract
Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Award RFA
Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Award Face Page
Dissemination Supplement Award RFA
Dissemination Supplement Award Face Page
Dissemination & Implementation Research Program RFA
Dissemination & Implementation Research Program Face Page
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research RFA
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Face Page
Additional Requirements and Information  


Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Awards
We are requesting applications that address basic discovery activities (biological, social, behavioral mechanisms that underlie disease); development of biomarkers, target and lead molecules, and devices (mechanical, computational); preclinical and animal models; Proof of Concept studies; translation of discovery to patients (new diagnostic, treatment, and prevention methods, Phase 1, and 2 clinical trials).
Previous funded projects:
2008 T1 Awards     2009 T1 Awards    2010 T1 Awards    2011 T1 Awards
2012 T1 Awards     2013 T1 Awards    2014 T1 Awards
2015 Awards

Community & Clinical Outcomes Research Pilot (formerly known as the Type 2 Translational Research pilot)
This funding supports research that translates knowledge into improvements in clinical practice and community health. Funding aids research that addresses the gap between what we know and what we do in practice, as well as the development of interventions that require individual, organizational, or system behavior change.
Projects funded in previous rounds

Dissemination & Implementation Research Award Program
This award program will provide support for research that addresses how to best ensure evidence-based strategies / interventions / programs are effectively delivered in clinical practice and community health programs.

Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Award
ICTR funds this opportunity for investigators interested in patient-centered outcomes research. These awards will be used to support a grant application to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ( or similar funding mechanism (AHRQ/PCOR) through development of strong stakeholder engagement strategy in one of five areas: (1) Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options; (2) Improving Health Care Systems; (3) Addressing Disparities, (4) Communication & Dissemination Research, (5) Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research.

Dissemination Supplement Award
UW ICTR is committed to addressing the gap between University-based research discoveries and the translation of this knowledge into programs and policies to improve the health of the public. To this end, we are pleased to announce the third round of our Dissemination Supplements. This award will support the dissemination of evidence-based strategies where research that contributed to the evidence base was conducted at UW-Madison or Marshfield.
While the Principal Investigator for the dissemination project does not need to be the individual who conducted the research, he or she should be a collaborator.

Previous ICTR Pilot Programs (RFAs in 2015)

Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation-UW Madison (MC/MCRF-UW) Collaborative Research Pilot Award
(RFA Release: late 2016) The Marshfield-UW Research Pilot Award will provide support for proposals that build upon the research interests and infrastructure support of both partners. Applications must demonstrate a collaboration between MC/MCRF and Madison and indicate a single co-PI at each institution. Examples of projects include: 1) use of population-based clinical data for therapeutic or basic targets; and 2) computational tool development or use to guide clinical trials, gather/analyze electronic health records data, or guide diagnosis. Contact/Liaison: Peggy Hatfield, pmhatfieatwisc [dot] edu, 608-261-1939.

ICTR Novel Methods Awards Program
(RFA Release: late 2016) We are releasing our Novel Methods Awards Program with an emphasis on biomedical informatics, precision medicine and phenotyping, and regenerative medicine. These methods should improve the translational process by minimizing roadblocks to the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical and translational research. Contact/Liaison: Peggy Hatfield, pmhatfieatwisc [dot] edu, 608-261-1939.

ICTR Voucher Awards Program
(RFA Release: late 2016) We offer short term, low dollar awards (up to $7,500) to advance the translation of discovery into therapy. Applicants must document an urgent need for services based upon recent extramural grant review, or milestones for therapeutic development. Requests are redeemable only at one of the ICTR Affiliated Laboratories. Contact/Liaison: Peggy Hatfield, pmhatfieatwisc [dot] edu, 608-261-1939.
Projects funded in previous rounds of Voucher Awards Program 2013 & 2014

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about ICTR’s funding programs, eligibility, and general application, budget, and applicant requirements.

Research Grant Terms & Conditions Research grants awarded by ICTR are governed by the terms and conditions.

 NIH has implemented a new Biosketch Template. This allows the researcher to emphasize their most significant contributions to science.This new section replaces the previous 15 publications/citations relevant to the current research funding application. The NEW Template is in a MS Word format and is required for all 2015 ICTR Funding Opportunities.


NIH Biosketch--Sample Version "C" NIH Blank Biosketch--Sample Version "C"