F&T Pilot Grant

The F&T Pilot Grant is available to:

  • postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees who currently hold an individual peer-reviewed external fellowship (NIH F-series or other comparable award);
  • postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees currently supported by a NIH T32 or T90/R90 training grant; and
  • predoctoral trainees in good standing in the MD/PhD or DDS/PhD programs.


  • The program aims to provide an opportunity for early stage investigators to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research.
  • Research funds up to $16,000 available for up to two years
  • Requires a senior faculty mentor conducting clinical and translational research or a biostatistician mentor from the University of Minnesota.
  • Applications due by noon April 15, 2013; start date of June 1, 2013.

Download the Request for Applications (RFA)

Submit an Application


The F&T Pilot Grant Program provides institutional research funds for postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees with a demonstrable and significant interest in clinical or translational research focused on human health. The program aims to provide an opportunity for early stage investigators to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research as a foundation for the development of an independent research career focused on human health.

Funds are designed to support a modest research project that will result in a publication in a peer reviewed journal. The F&T project is secondary to the applicant’s primary research endeavors and must advance the scholar’s research along the clinical and translational research spectrum. For example, an F&T project for a trainee currently conducting basic research (pre-T1) should be in the T1, T2, T3 or T4 translational categories. Similarly, a trainee currently conducting health services research (T3) should develop a F&T project that demonstrates a clear movement to the T4 category. (See the RFA for a detailed description.)


Current F&T Scholars

Daniel Beisang
Project Title: Quantitative Assessment of the Diversity of the Neonatal T cell Repertoire

Caroline Diep
Project Title: En vivo modeling of primary ovarian cancer cells in 3D culture systems

Anne Frosch, M.D.
Project Title: The effect of HIV infection on malaria specific B cell subset frequency

David Knorr
Project Title: Evaluation of the CD4+ T cell response against influenza following hematopoietic cell transplantation

Benjamin Hanisch
Project Title: Impact of Iron Supplementation on Oxidative Stress in Children Recovering from Severe Malaria

Jessica Musselman, M.S.
Project Title: Methylation of the BMP/TGFβ pathway and correlation with survival in childhood germ cell tumors

Alexa Pragman
Project Title: Comparison of the Oral and Lung Microbiota in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Brent Sorenson
Project Title: Tumor-targeted reduction of hyopxia-inducible factor in oral carcinoma by calprotectin

Alexa Weingarden
Project Title: Bacterial Bile Acid Metabolism in Fecal Transplantation Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection

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