Request for Proposals: Research Services Pilot Funding Program

Published by CTSI on October 19, 2011

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) releases its first Research Services Pilot Funding Program Request for Proposals (RFP). This program is designed to increase the competitiveness of UMN investigators for extramural funding. An RFP will be issued twice each year: in October (funding expected to begin in January) and in April (funding expected to begin in July). 

The program provides in-kind research support services that allow investigators to gather preliminary data for clinical research projects. In-kind services are those services needed, after obtaining IRB approval, to carry out the research project and include Research Project Management, Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC), Clinical Research Implementation Services (CRIS) services/support, Informatics Consulting Service (ICS), and Biomedical Ethics Consulting Service. Other services not provided by CTSI, such as specialty laboratory services and Fairview Investigational Drug Services, may also be covered by the award.

Projects seeking pilot funding should represent a new line of research or inquiry into issues that affect human health. Successful applications will show the promise of developing into long-term research projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies. 

A total of $100,000 is available in this award cycle. Awarding of approximately four (4) grants is expected by December 21, 2011.

Key dates: 

October 19: RFP released
November 4: Letter of Intent to submit a full proposal is due
December 2: Full Proposals due
December 5-16: Proposal review process
December 21: Awards announced 

Questions? Call CTSI at 612-625-2874 or email

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