LA CaTS Cores & Resources
Clinical and Translational Pilot Grants Program
To promote clinical and translational research among faculty, and to specifically assist COBRE and INBRE investigators in the State, it is imperative to have adequate financial, administrative and regulatory support across and within the collaborating institutions to facilitate project initiation, conduct and completion.
The Pilot Grants Program will provide financial support for these pilot projects, facilitate support-in-kind such as access to cores, statistical and regulatory support, and help awardees obtain any education and training needed to enhance the long-term success of these projects. The Pilot Grants Program will ensure the support and identification of promising research projects at all member institutions, and the rational allocation of core resources.
Specifically, this program will support pilot, feasibility and collaborative research studies of significance and impact that would then allow the investigator to be competitive for extramural NIH R01 funding. The long-term goal of this program is to develop a critical mass of senior scientists and promising young investigators (especially those as part of the existing COBRE/INBREs of the state) trained in translational research. The pilot program will provide significant funding to support early stage research efforts of the COBRE/INBRE trainees, while at the same time, encouraging collaboration among the institutions in support of these projects. The Pilot Grants Program will specifically encourage and support those proposing novel research methodologies
The vision for the Pilot Grants Program consists of the following key components:
- To provide support for promising clinical research in the form of translational research awards especially for those that demonstrate collaboration among the various institutions and among scientific disciplines.
- To increase the critical mass of scientists in clinical and translational research by providing support and resources for junior faculty interested in clinical research and senior faculty interested in moving their research toward a clinical focus. By working directly with the existing COBRE and INBRE programs within the State, emphasis will be placed on assisting this faculty toward the clinical and translational goals as outlined for the LA CaTS Center.
- To identify, solicit and support projects involving novel technologies and hypotheses at both the basic and clinical level that have potential to enhance translational research and commercialization of inventions and discoveries.