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Pilot Grants Program

The Cardiorenal and Metabolic Disease Center (CMDC) at UMMC offers pilot project grants through the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). These pilot grants are intended to assist new investigators in generating sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding. A focus on obesity, cardiorenal or metabolic diseases is required. 

Pilot grants will be awarded at $30,000 for 1 year with potential for matching funds. Eligible applicants cannot currently be principal investigator or previously have been Principal Investigator on a P01 or R01 type NIH grant or an equivalent NSF grant.

Investigators who receive support through this program are expected to publish their pilot project research in a peer-reviewed journal and to submit a research proposal for extramural funding. Supported investigators will also be expected to participate in OCMDC meetings and research symposia and will have full access to OCMDC-supported research cores.

Each Pilot Grants awardee will have at least two mentors - one basic scientist and one clinical scientist. Center Project investigators and mentors generally meet regularly to review research progress and discuss other issues related to career development. Research progress will also be assessed through multiple mechanisms including CMDC research seminars and meetings with center investigators and Internal and External Advisory Boards. Both the mentors and the Pilot Grants investigators will be required to submit (separately) a formative evaluation of the mentoring relationship and research progress to the Center Director 6 months after Pilot Grant is awarded. A final summative report of research findings and plans for submission of an application for extramural funding will be required 30 days following the end of the funding period.

The instructions contain the links to the various forms that are needed to apply. To assist with the research plan and budget, click here.

IRB or IACUC approvals are required to submit a pilot grant application.