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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.

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.
2015-16 Application Cycle – Now accepting Phase I applications
Planning workshop: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Deadline: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Funding Start:  March 1, 2016
Click here to begin an application.
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.

2014-15 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  July 1, 2015
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.

2015 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  July 2015
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.

2015 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  April 2015
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.

2014-15 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  January 2015
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.
2015 Application Cycle
Funding Start:  December 2014/January 2015

Nancy king Reame

For more information, contact:

Nancy King Reame, MSN, PhD, FAAN
Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Nursing
Director, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR)
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Reame was a featured presenter for the national Pilot Projects Best Practices Workgroup webinar “Pilot Project Management Models” held on November 4, 2009.

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