Pilot Projects Program

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Pilot Projects Program

The MCCTR Pilot Projects Program supports clinical, translational and population-based research projects that can become the basis for competitive extramural funding applications. Key considerations in awarding support are the likelihood of attracting extramural funding, evidence of a path toward an independent research career for the applicant, and the probability that the research program will lead to improved management of obesity and its complications. The program is designed to promote multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaboration, and to ensure equitable and productive distribution of research support across the MCCTR partner institutions-the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tougaloo College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Letters of Intent for the next funding cycle are due 10/01/2019. Full applications will be due 12/16/2019. Projects should plan to have a start date no earlier than 03/01/2020. Investigators, whose letter of intent are accepted, will be asked to meet with representatives from our Research Services Center and Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Cores. If you have any questions, please contact MCCTR@umc.edu.

Eligible applicants include faculty members of Tougaloo College, UMMC, or USM who are not current or previous principal investigators of a P01- or R01-type NIH grant or equivalent National Science Foundation Grant. A focus on obesity and obesity-related diseases is preferred, however, projects in other fields will be considered.

Letters of Intent should be submitted via the MCCTR's Letter of Intent RedCap survey. Full applications should be in PDF format and submitted to MCCTR@umc.edu. 

For more information regarding eligibility, application requirements, and administrative requirements, see the links below.