How to Apply for Pilot Grant

Pilot Grant Funding 

Purpose:  To provide funds for collection of pilot data in order to obtain a larger external grant (federal or foundation funds).  Funds can be used to pay participants, house animals, rent time on dedicated equipment, or process samples.  Student and staff salaries are allowed.  No travel or faculty salary can be charged.  No indirect costs or fringes will be allowed.

Due Date:  November 1, 2021

Start Date:  January 1, 2022

Duration:  One year

Amount:  Maximum of $2500 per Center faculty member involved in the project in general research budget.  As in previous semesters, funding needs must be justified clearly.  However, unlike in previous years, budget can be spent outside of HHS if at least one team member is outside HHS.


How to Apply:


  1. Fill out Pilot Grant Application form (Click Here for Application form)
  2. Aim(s) of the project, including the link to the aims of the Center (<1 page)
  3. Significance and Innovation of the project, including a rationale for why pilot funding is needed (<1 page)
  4. Budget request and justification.  (<1 page)
  5. Short vitae of PI(s) and Co-I(s) (<2 pages each) - Introductory paragraph and a list of selected references


Each project will be evaluated by two center members selected by the director.  Funding decisions are made by the director based on the evaluations.

Fundee Responsibilities:

  • Fundee may be asked to present the preliminary data at a CEREBBRAL event at the end of the funding period describing how the funds were used, what data were collected, and how the data will be used to target an external funding opportunity.
  • Fundee needs to confirm submission of the grant for which the pilot funds were used or describe why the grant will not be submitted (i.e., pilot data were not compelling).  Note that the grant does not need to be submitted during the funding period.
  • Fundees need to provide feedback as to the funding/scoring of the grant submission and any revisions of the submission.

Funding Preferences:

  • Higher preference given to applications that integrate basic and applied research programs
  • Higher preference given to applications that involve more than one researcher from the Center
  • Higher preference given to applications that integrate research programs across colleges and/or departments
  • Higher preference given to applicants that are participating regularly in Center activities and meetings

Complete applications should be sent to as a single pdf.

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