Pilot Study Award Program

The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) is committed to supporting researchers who strive to conduct transformative, innovative, translational research with the potential to change medicine.


The Scripps Translational Science Institute’s Pilot Study Award Program supports the development of preliminary data through translational research that has significant potential to impact human health. The Program is a component of the NCATS UL1 TR001114 Clinical Translational Science Award.

Up to nine grants will be awarded; 6 faculty pilot awards and 3 KL2 Scholar pilot awards. Budgets are limited to $50K in direct costs. IDC will be added per institutional guidelines by the grants office. An award may competitively re-apply for a potential second year $50K direct cost extension upon evidence of material progress in accomplishing the stated project goals.

Eligibility and Criteria for Review

Faculty at The Scripps Research Institute are well as physicians and clinical residents/fellows at Scripps Health are eligible to apply. In addition, Scholars currently enrolled in STSI’s KL2 Clinical Scholars Program are also able to apply. All pilot projects must demonstrate a robust translational science and/or a clinical discipline liaison.

The application review criteria are:

  • Multi-disciplinary; connecting basic and clinical science
  • Likelihood of having an impact to change medicine
  • Soundness of hypothesis, research methodology and statistical considerations
  • Track record of the applicant and the co-investigator(s)
  • Likelihood of leading to future independent funding and scientific publication
  • Integration or impact of community engagement principles into protocol design

Applications from individuals of under-represented minorities are highly encouraged.

Review Process

There will be a 2-stage review process. The applications will be pre-screened to ensure that review criteria are addressed in the submission. The second stage will be an NIH-model study section review and ranking by the STSI Science Committee.

Submission & Review Dates

  • Letter of Intent deadline – January 20, 2017
    • The LOI should include a title, short summary of proposal (1-2 paragraphs), location of study, and names/affiliations of collaborators. Please use letterhead. 1-page limit.
  • Application deadline – February 17, 2017
  • Initial Review (Stage 1) – February 23, 2017
  • Reviewer Critiques deadline – March 24, 2017
  • Full Peer Review (Stage 2) – March 29, 2017
  • Tentative Notice of Award – April 3, 2017
  • NIH Pre-Approval deadline – April 17, 2017
  • Final Notice of Award – April 28, 2017
  • Funding Start Date – May 1, 2017



Past Awardees

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