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Pilot Funding Opportunities

The Irving Institute's Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR) offers five pilot funding programs for clinical and translational research investigators at Columbia University (CU) and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). These programs include the CaMPR, CaMPR-BASIC, Health Practice Research, Imaging, and Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office pilot awards. In addition to these opportunities, further information can be found below about the Irving Institute's Community Based Participatory Research training and pilot award program and the Precision Medicine pilot award program.

We strongly recommend that any investigator interested in applying for one of the following programs, request for a pre-application consultation, prior to submitting an application.

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Current Pilot Award Programs

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Additional Funding Opportunities
  
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CaMPR Awards
Overview: 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.
Duration: 3 months (Phase I); 1 year (Phase II)
RFA Winter 2017
Amount: $15,000 (Phase I); $75,000 (Phase II)
Quantity: 4 planning grants (Phase I); 2 pilot awards (Phase II)
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above. The research team must consist of senior and junior faculty from at least two of the four CUMC schools.
 
Overview: A two-phase program including a letter of intent and full application to form a new multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers from basic science departments from either the CUMC or Morningside campus and clinical/translational investigators at CUMC.
Duration: 1 year
RFA Winter 2018
Amount: $40,000
Quantity: Up to Two (2) awards
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: A new collaborative team must be formed, consisting of two principal investigators at the Assistant Professor level: one from a basic science department and one from a clinical department.
Overview: Co-sponsored by the Clinical Trials Office, this program provides funding to junior faculty to conduct pilot studies leading to future independent funding.
Duration: 1 year
RFA Winter 2018
Amount: $50,000 ($25,000 cost-shared by applicant's home department)
Quantity: Based upon availability of funds
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: At time of award, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an Instructor, Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track) or Associate Research Scientist at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Imaging Pilot Awards
Overview: Provides funding for junior investigators in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical imaging, PET tomography, single photon emission tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT), and ultrasound.
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $5,000-10,000
Quantity: Based upon availability of funds
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: At time of award, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an Instructor, Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track) or Associate Research Scientist at CUMC.
 
Health Practice Research Awards
Overview: Co-sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics, this program provides funding to junior investigators to pursue an informatics-based project in an operational clinical setting.
Duration: 1 Year
RFA: Winter/Spring 2018
Amount: $25,000
Quantity: Up to two (2) awards
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: At time of award, qualified applicants must have an appointment as an Instructor, Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track) or Associate Research Scientist at CUMC.
 
Overview: A new funding opportunity 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.  Proposals may also be based on individualizing methods to effectively educate and communicate with patients. 
Duration: 1 year
RFA: Fall 2017
Amount: $100,000
Quantity: Based upon availability of funds
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: Applicants must be full-time Columbia University faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher. Postdoctoral research scientists or postdoctoral research fellows may apply together with their mentor, who must have a full-time, Columbia University faculty appointment.  Studies are expected to include collaborations between investigators from at least two different departments at CUMC; collaborations between the Morningside and CUMC campuses are especially encouraged. 
Overview: Overseen by the Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR), the CBPR 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.
Duration: 1 year
RFA: December 2016
Amount: $40,000
Quantity: Up to three (3) awards
Frequency: Applications are accepted and awarded once per year.
Qualifications: Columbia University applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or above and conduct research; commit to attend all eleven seminar sessions and stay for the entire duration of the class session; commit to submitting a proposal for pilot funding with a with a community partner participating in the course; academic applicants are encouraged to consult with their department/division chair on their participation in the program.