Funding Opportunities

ICTR continually updates the pilot awards program to include new initiatives and funding opportunities, including our Novel Methods in Translational Science Pilot Award and Supplements for Dissemination activities. Below is information about our current award programs. The ICTR Pilot Awards Program incorporates the T0 to T4 research classifications. Targeted research areas will continue to include basic discovery research, patient-based clinical research, patient-centered outcomes research, dissemination and implementation research, and community engaged research.

We also offer four career development awards, the KL2 Scholars Program, the TL1 Postdoctoral Training Program, and the TL1 Predoctoral Training Program. Other career development programs include ADEPT, AHEAD, and STRIDE. More information about career development at ICTR.

Our Pilot Awards Program is made possible with the support of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Wisconsin Partnership Program of the UW School of Medicine & Public Health, and other institutional partners in Madison and Marshfield.

Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Pilot Award – 2024 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Mandatory Letter of Intent Due Date: October 20, 2023 (by 5 pm CST)
Application Due Date: December 4, 2023 (by 5 pm CST)
Informational Session: Access the recording at this link before October 20, 2023 (link goes to Canvas)
Q&A Session (optional): October 2, 2023, 12-1 pm. Fill out a registration form.
Contact: Amy Filut, filut@wisc.edu
AHEAD Projects Begin: March 1, 2024, earliest

2024 AHEAD Pilot RFA (Docx)

FAQs for the AHEAD Pilot Award (PDF)

Helpful documents:

Advancing Translational Research and Science (ATRS)– 2024 RFA Released

formerly known as the Novel Methods in Translational Science Award

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Information Session: January 12, 2024, 9-10 am. Access the recording before February 16, 2024.
Preproposal Receipt Date: February 16, 2024 (by 5 pm CST)
Application Due Date: April 1, 2024 (by 5 pm CST)
Earliest Grant Start Date: July 1, 2024
Contact: Peggy Hatfield, pmhatfie@wisc.edu
Summary of Terms:
Track 1 – up to $25,000 for 12 months of direct support
Track 2 – up to $50,000 for 12 months of direct support

2024 Advancing Translational Research and Science (ATRS) RFA (PDF)

The goal of this RFA is to support innovative translational research and to elucidate novel processes that are generalizable to multiple translational research projects. Translational research seeks to turn biomedical research discoveries into health solutions — including diagnostics, treatments, and interventions — through the application of translational science. Translational science generates innovations that overcome longstanding challenges along the translational research pipeline. These include scientific, operational, financial, and administrative innovations that transform the way that research is done, making it faster, more efficient, and more impactful.

Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions

Clinical & Community Outcomes Research (CCOR) Award – 2024 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Q&A Session (optional): October 2, 2023, 12-1 pm. Fill out a registration form.
Informational Session: Access the recording at this link before October 20, 2023 (link goes to Canvas)
Letter of Intent Due Date: October 20, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Application Due Date: December 4, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Earliest Grant Start Date: March 1, 2024
Contact: Chris Sorkness, casorkness@medicine.wisc.edu

Summary of Terms: Up to $75,000 for 12 months of direct support

2024 CCOR RFA

FAQs for the CCOR Pilot Award (PDF)

Goal: To support excellent, community-partnered health research that solves problems translating knowledge into improvements in clinical practice, community programs and health policy. This pilot award may also support the development of interventions that require individual, organizational, or system behavior change.

We welcome applications that address contemporary and(or) emerging health crises and/or disparities in health among high-risk populations including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Deliverable: The successful grantee will use pilot data to seek further, external peer-reviewed funding in support of a research career trajectory. This award is not intended to support a project that is independent of an investigator’s career path.

Helpful reference articles:

Review Process for Community – Engaged Research (Word Doc)

Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions

Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) 2024 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Q&A Session (optional): October 2, 2023, 12-1 pm. Fill out a registration form.
Informational Session: Access the recording at this link before October 20, 2023 (link goes to Canvas)
Letter of Intent Due Date: October 20, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Application Due Date: December 4, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Earliest Grant Start Date: March 1, 2024
Contact: Chris Sorkness, casorkness@medicine.wisc.edu
Summary of Terms: Up to $75,000 for 12 months of direct support

2024 CHER RFA

FAQs for the CHER Pilot Award (PDF)

Goal: To support new community-engaged research projects focused on health disparities/inequities wherein the PI is an early stage investigator, e.g., assistant professor, and a senior co-investigator is engaged to ensure a mentored experience and to connect the research team with relevant stakeholders.

Deliverable: The successful grantee will use pilot data to seek further, external peer-reviewed funding in support of a research career trajectory. This award is not intended to support a project that is independent of an investigator’s career path.

Review Process for Community-Engaged Research (Word Doc)

Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions

Dissemination &  Implementation (D&I) Research Award 2023 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Letter of Intent Due Date: Nov 23, 2022 by 5 pm CST
Application Due Date: Jan 11, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Earliest Grant Start Date: July 1, 2023
Mandatory Grant Workshop: Nov 3, 2022, 8-9 am or 12-1 pm (Registration required)
Contact: Chris Sorkness, casorkness@medicine.wisc.edu.
Summary of Terms: Up to $150,000 for 18 months of direct support

2023 D&I RFA
2023 D&I Application Forms

Goal: To support research that addresses how to best ensure that evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies, interventions, and programs are effectively delivered in clinical and community health practice settings and impact policy.

We welcome applications that address contemporary and(or) emerging health crises and/or disparities in health among high-risk populations including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Deliverable: The successful grantee will use the results of this award to seek further extramural peer-reviewed funding for the research.

Review Process for Community-Engaged Research (Word Doc).
Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions

Evidence to Implementation Award (E2I) – 2023 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Required Workshop (Virtual or Recording):  View the Recording
Pre Proposal Receipt Date: May 12, 2023
Mandatory D&I Project Analysis Meetings: May – June 2023
Final Application Date: June 30, 2023
Grant Start Date: September 1, 2023
Contact: D&I Launchpad, di-launchpad@ictr.wisc.edu

Summary of Terms: Up to $75,000 for 18 months of direct support

2023 RFA E2I Application

2023 E2I Scoring Tool

Goal: The purpose of the E2I award is to expedite dissemination of evidence based practices, interventions, and innovations to appropriate end-users using the D&I Launchpad Program. These include self-management or other health promotion workshops and interventions, and health services innovations that improve delivery of care in the health care or community setting.

Deliverable: This award supports the creation of a Launchpad Package to support the dissemination and implementation of the evidence-based intervention or innovation. The elements of the Launchpad Package will be unique to each project, but may include a business plan, value proposition, marketing, sales, financials, intellectual property review, and the necessary tools and materials to support it.

Funded Projects in Previous Rounds – Descriptions

Learning Health Systems (LHS) – 2024 Program Announcement Released

Logo of two interlocking chain links. One is black and one is red, representing UW colors.Status: Not currently accepting applications
Pre-Application Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Dec. 8, 2023
Mandatory IRB Meetings (for accepted Letters of Intent): Jan. 8-March 10, 2024
Final Application Date: June 2, 2024
Demonstration Project Start Date: Sept. 1, 2024
Contact: Learning Health Systems, lhs@ictr.wisc.edu

Summary of Terms: Up to $150,000 for 12 months of direct support

2024 LHS Request for Applications (PDF)

FAQs about this opportunity (PDF)

The goal of the LHS Demonstration Program is to demonstrate an implementation-focused and data-driven learning health system that uses patient experiences and care information to iteratively inform decisions and interventions at the point of care. The projects should be pragmatic and focus on an established, ongoing UW Health system priority and not a novel intervention or PI-initiated research question.

Note: The “Additional Requirements and Information” section in the footer of this webpage does NOT apply to the Learning Health Systems award; please disregard.

Marshfield Clinic Research Institute & UW-Madison Collaborative Award – 2024 RFA Released

Status: Currently accepting Letters of Intent
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: REQUIRED, July 1, 2024, 5:00pm CT (email to contact listed below)
Application Due Date: By invitation only, due Aug. 5, 2024, 5:00pm CT
Contact: Bri Deyo, ICTR Awards Program Manager, deyo@wisc.edu

Awards:
Track 1 – Up to $50,000 (direct costs only), 12 months, supports new MCRI + UW-Madison collaborations
Track 2 – Up to $100,000 (direct costs only), 18 months, supports previously established MCRI + UW-Madison collaborations

Resources:

Full RFA (PDF)
Budget Template (download Word doc)
CDC Rural Health Priorities
Recently funded projects (PDF)

The MCRI & UW-Madison Collaborative Research Award provides support for proposals that build upon collaborative research interests and the infrastructure support of each partner. Projects must be led by Co-Principal Investigators (PIs), one from Marshfield and one from UW-Madison. ICTR will fund UW-Madison budgets, while Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation will fund Marshfield budgets. Awards are contingent upon available funding. This award particularly focuses on projects that address contemporary and/or emerging rural health crises.

Close up photo of hands holding colorful puzzle piecesPipeline Award – 2024 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Application Due Date: May 20, 2024
Grant Start Date: July 1, 2024
Contact: D&I Launchpad, di-launchpad@ictr.wisc.edu
Summary of Terms: Up to $20,000 for 9 months of support

2024 RFA Pipeline Award Application (PDF)

Goal: The purpose of the Pipeline Award is to support the adaptation and scale-up of projects or interventions positioned to improve health and promote health equity. Principal Investigators will partner with community-engaged academic networks or Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) to facilitate tailoring of their intervention or research project’s findings for dissemination to communities that are historically underrepresented in research.

Deliverable: This award supports the creation of a Launchpad Package to support the adaptation and scale-up of a project or intervention with proven effectiveness or strong preliminary data to support likely effectiveness. The elements of the Launchpad package will be unique to each project, but may include expert consultation, marketing research or materials, and strengthened professional networks through partnership with community-engaged academic networks or PBRNs.

Note: The “Additional Requirements and Information” section in the footer of this webpage does NOT apply to the Pipeline Award; please disregard.

Stakeholder &  Patient Engaged Research (SPER) 2024 RFA Released

Status: Not currently accepting applications
Q&A Session (optional): October 2, 2023, 12-1 pm. Fill out a registration form.
Informational Session: Access the recording at this link before October 20, 2023 (link goes to Canvas)
Letter of Intent Due Date: October 20, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Application Due Date: December 4, 2023 by 5 pm CST
Earliest Grant Start Date: March 1, 2024
Contact: Chris Sorkness, casorkness@medicine.wisc.edu
Summary of Terms: Up to $100,000 for 12 months of direct support

2024 SPER RFA

FAQs for the SPER Pilot Award (PDF)

Goal: The Stakeholder and Patient Engaged Research (SPER) RFA provides support for activities that will strengthen a competitive application for external funding for research requiring strong stakeholder engagement methodology as a foundation for a success.

We welcome applications that address contemporary and(or) emerging health crises and/or disparities in health among high-risk populations including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Deliverable: The successful grantee will use pilot data to seek further, external peer-reviewed funding in support of a research career trajectory. This award is not intended to support a project that is independent of an investigator’s career path.

Resources:

Translational Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Award – 2024 RFA Released

Status: Currently accepting applications
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: May 13, 2024, by 5 pm CST
Application Due Date: June 17, 2024, by 5 pm CST
Grant Start Date: September 1, 2024
Mandatory Letter of Intent: Please submit to Peggy Hatfield, pmhatfie@wisc.edu
Summary of Terms: Up to $50,000 for 12 months of direct support

 

2024 Translational Basic & Clinical Research Request for Applications (RFA) (Word doc)
2024 Translational Basic & Clinical Research Face Page and Abstract Form (Word doc)
2024 Budget and Budget Justification Form (Word doc)

These awards address translational 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; and translation of discovery to patients (new diagnostic, treatment, and prevention methods; Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials).

Pilot applications MUST have two PIs from different scientific disciplines. Applicants will need to provide justification/evidence the PI team meets this qualification. Differences will also be inferred from areas of specialization and (or) degree training or departmental affiliation.

Projects Funded in 2023 – Descriptions (Word doc)

Additional Requirements and Information (please note: these apply to pilot awards, but NOT to the Pipeline Award and Learning Health Systems)