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Download the Fall 2018 Call for Pilot Applications

Due Date: Friday, October 19, 2018 by 5:00pm EDT

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CaMPR (Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Awards)

CaMPR is a two-phase funding process that provides planning and start-up funds to support the formation of newly-configured investigative teams with the aim of addressing a significant health problem at the cellular, individual or community level.

Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above.
Formation and planning activities of novel, cross-disciplinary research teams involving both senior and junior faculty from at least two of the four CUMC schools. A second school selected from the Morningside campus may be an option. In addition to the collaboration between schools, proposals with faculty from more than one department within at least one of the schools will be considered more competitive.

Phase I - Planning Grant
Duration: Three Months
Award Amount: $15,000
Quantity:  4 awards funded per application cycle

Guidelines for Application
The proposed planning activities should bring together faculty (limited to no more than 6 investigators per team) with expertise from diverse disciplines and may include outside consultants with unique experience or expertise in innovative approaches not currently available on CUMC. In order to track the evolution of these multidisciplinary collaborations, planning activities must be documented as part of a progress report within the Phase II application. Because we are particularly interested in the processes utilized to produce multidisciplinary proposals, the second application will be judged in part by the methods each team developed to create its final proposal. Applications for Phase I planning grants may have a single or multiple principal investigator(s). Other criteria for selection include:
  • innovation
  • public health impact
  • meaningful involvement of junior investigators
  • likelihood that the pilot proposal will progress to an NIH proposal

For additional information about CaMPR Phase I, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Sample CaMPR Phase I Applications:
Westhoff, et al. "Identifying the physiological and pharmacological basis of venous thrombo-embolism in women who use estrogen-containing medications - focus on combination hormonal contraceptives"
Martinez, et al. "Progress in molecular imaging: using nonoparticles to image cellular targets"

Phase II - Pilot Award
Duration: 1 year
Award Amount: $75,000
Quantity: 2 awards funded per application cycle

Applicants must have received one of the four planning grants awarded during Phase I. The top two applications from Phase I will receive a one-year, $75,000 award to support pilot work with the clear goal of submitting an NIH proposal. A final report is due at the end of the grant year.

The one-year, $75,000-pilot award will be granted to those who best meet the following goals of the CaMPR award program:
  • establish newly-configured, multidisciplinary investigative teams involving both senior and junior faculty from at least 2 of the 4 CUMC schools,
  • train and mentor a new generation of C/T investigators,
  • expand and optimize the utilization of new and existing resources at CUMC,
  • address a significant public health problem using novel, multidisciplinary approaches, and
  • produce pilot data that are likely to lead to a major grant funded by the NIH or other public or private agency.


Sample CaMPR Phase II Application

CaMPR Phase I and Phase II Winners – 2006 to present



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