awardees resources

The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is currently offering six pilot funding programs for Columbia University investigators. These programs are designed to provide incentives to both young clinical and translational 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. As PI, applicants are restricted to applying for one pilot award per CTSA grant year. The CTSA grant year begins on June 1 of a given year, to May 31 of the following year.

Download the Fall 2018 Call for Pilot Applications

Programs currently accepting applications include:

Award Program

Application Cycle and Details

Program Contact

CaMPR Awards 
Two-phase program that provides planning ($15,000) toward start-up funding ($75,000) to newly-configured investigative teams to support the planning of novel, cross disciplinary projects. Phase II is only available to Phase I winners.

Click here to apply for the CaMPR Phase I and DBMI pilots.

Sabrina Harris, Pilot Program Manager, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource

Health Practice Research Awards (DBMI) 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics, this award provides funding ($25,000) for junior investigators to pursue an informatics-based project in an operational clinical setting.

Community-Based Participatory Research Training And Pilot Awards Program 
The Program consists of a free course Introduction to CBPR and competitive pilot funding. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be eligible to apply for a one-year pilot grant of up to $30,000.


Alejandra N. Aguirre, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Community Engagement Core Resource 

Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Pilot Awards The ISP Pilot program provides funding ($40,000) focused on four special populations to support the formation of newly-configured investigative teams aimed at studying diseases across the lifespan and using rare diseases as tools to study more common ones.

Click here to apply for the ISP pilot.

Dianne C. Frederick, Program Manager, Integrating Special Populations Resource

Precision Medicine Pilot Awards
Provides $100,000 in funding ($50,000 from home department) for research proposals focused on approaches to tailor medical care (prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment) to the individual patient.

Click here to apply for the PMR pilot.

Alexander Fedotov, PhD, Senior Program Manager, Precision Medicine Resource

Translational Therapeutics (TRx) Awards
TRx is a two-phase accelerator program designed to leverage Columbia’s proficiency in drug discovery and provide access to Entrepreneurs and Industry to advance novel therapeutics from the lab towards commercialization and clinical implementation.

Click here to apply 

Maria Rahmany, PhD MBA, Program Manager, Translational Therapeutics Resource


Additional Irving Institute Pilot Funding Opportunities

Award Program

Application Cycle and Details

Program Contact

Irving Institute/CTO Pilot Award 
Co-Sponsored by the Clinical Trials Office, this program provides one-time, $75,000-awards ($50,000 from the Irving Institute and $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.

Will Be Accepting Applications Spring 2019

Sabrina Harris, Pilot Program Manager, Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource

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.

Bench to Bedside Award (formerly CaMPR-BASIC)
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