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The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR) is central to achieving the goals of the Irving Institute by providing incentives to both young clinical and translational (C/T) investigators, as they obtain pilot data prior to submitting funding applications, and more senior investigators who may not otherwise engage in multi- and interdisciplinary research.

PCSR aims to establish a coordinated structure and collaborative environment within which multi- and interdisciplinary C/T research may flourish by:
  • Expanding and optimizing the utilization of outstanding new and existing resources on CUMC
  • Training a new generation of multidisciplinary clinical and translational investigators
  • Enhancing recruitment of exceptional clinical and translational investigators to pre-clinical and clinical departments at CUMC
  • Creating incentives for mentoring junior faculty and outreach from one department or school or campus to other interested researchers

PCSR Services

Pre-Application Consultations
It is strongly advised that any investigator interested in applying for a PCSR pilot award, submit a request for a pre-application consultation.

Join our email list to receive updates on availible pilot funding opportunities.

Funding Opportunities

Award Program

Upcoming Dates

CaMPR Awards
A two-phase program that provides planning ($15,000) and start-up funding ($75,000) to newly-configured investigative teams to support the planning of novel, cross disciplinary projects. Click here to view the impact a CaMPR award funded interdisciplinary team has had on patients' lives.
2016-17 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  January 1, 2017

A two-phase program including a letter of intent and full application that provides funding ($40,000) to form a new collaborative team consisting of two principal investigators at the Assistant Professor level: one from a basic science department and one from a clinical department.

2016-17 Application Cycle
Funding Start: July 1, 2017

Irving Institute/CTO Pilot Award 
Co-Sponsored by the Clinical Trials Office, this program provides one-time, $50,000-awards ($25,000 cost-shared by applicant's home department) for junior faculty from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons to conduct pilot studies leading to future independent funding.

2017 Application Cycle
Funding Start: July 1, 2017

Imaging Pilot Awards
Provides funding (ranging from $5,000 – 10,000) for junior investigators in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical imaging, PET tomography, single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT), and ultrasound.

2017 Application Cycle
2017 Cycle: Closed
Funding Start: May 1, 2017
Health Practice Research Awards
Co-sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics, this individual, one-year health practice research award provides funding ($25,000) for junior investigators to pursue an informatics-based project in an operational clinical setting.

2017 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  July 1, 2017

Additional Irving Institute Pilot Funding Opportunities

Precision Medicine Pilot Awards
Provides funding for research proposals focused on approaches to tailor medical care (prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment) to the individual patient. Studies may include use of biomarkers, genomic data, aggregated clinical data, and/or patient reported data to develop personalized medical care.

2017 Application Cycle - Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016
Start Date: February 1, 2017
Click here to for more information
Click here to download an application
Community-Based Participatory Research Training And Pilot Awards Program 
The Community Based Participatory Research Training and Pilot Awards Program is a key capacity building opportunity for Columbia University faculty and administrative staff from non-profits serving Upper Manhattan. The Program consists of the course Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research and competitive pilot funding. The Program is free to all admitted participants. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be eligible to apply for a one-year pilot grant of up to $40,000. Funding will be awarded to studies that have the potential to apply for larger federal funding opportunities in CBPR research.
2016 Application Cycle
Funding Start: To be announced
Translational Therapeutics Awards (TRx)
TRx is an accelerator program designed to leverage Columbia’s proficiency in drug discovery and provide access to Entrepreneurs and the pharmaceutical industry to advance novel therapeutics from the lab towards the path of commercialization and clinical implementation.
Now Accepting Pre-Proposals for TRx Pilot Award and Boot Camp Program
Pre-proposal Deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016 
Bootcamp Start Date: January 2017
Full Proposals Due: March 2017
Click here to download an application


larson_elaine.jpg For more information contact:
Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health Chair, CUMC IRB
Co-Director, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR)

Henry Henry N. Ginsberg, MD
Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Director and Principal Investigator, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Co-Director, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR)


See our poster on the CaMPR-BASIC pilot program, presented at the annual Translational Science meeting in Washington, DC on April 9-11, 2014.

Source:  CTSA Principal Investigators (2012), Preparedness of the CTSA's Structural and Scientific Assets to Support the Mission of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Clinical and Translational Science, 5: 121–129. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2012.00401.x