Current Funding Opportunities

Upcoming deadlines

April 27: Translational Research Development Program (TRDP) applications due

Applications accepted on a continuous basis for the following funding programs:

Contact us

Melissa Hansen
Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

Community funding opportunities

CTSI manages two funding programs to support community members and organizations interested in developing ideas and partnerships to address health in Minnesota communities. 

We are now accepting applications for the following funding programs:

Committee for Pharmaceutical Development

The goal of the Committee for Pharmaceutical Development (CPD) is to identify, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products by forming networks and fostering dialogue between University of Minnesota researchers and industry experts.


N/A (applications accepted on a continuous basis)

Application instructions:

Please contact the Program Manager, Brittni Peterson, at with any questions.

Pediatric Health Innovation Programs

The goal of these programs is to support the development of pediatric health innovations with the ultimate objective of improving pediatric patient outcomes and quality of life.


This funding opportunity is an open program with no deadline

KL2 Scholars Career Development Program

The program supports the next generation of clinical and translational investigators through structured training program with a mentored, multidisciplinary translational research emphasis. 

  • LOI deadline: This deadline has passed.

  • Application deadline extended: 11:59 pm, March 29, 2020 (by invitation only; invitations sent by Jan. 31)

  • Award notification: May 15, 2020

Application instructions:

Translational Research Development Program (TRDP)

This program supports postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees through research funds, mentorship, seminars, and ongoing support to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research. Up to two Scholars will be awarded up to $16,000 over two years. 

  • Application deadline extended: 11:59pm, April 27, 2020
  • Project start date: August 1, 2020

K-R01 Transition to Independence Program

This research career development program supports Assistant Professors with active K awards through mentorship, oversight, programming and pilot funds. Up to five $50,000 awards will be issued under this RFA. 

  • LOI deadline: This deadline has passed.
  • Invitations to complete full applications sent to selected applicants: March 12, 2020
  • Applications deadline extended: 11:59 p.m., May 6, 2020 (by invitation only)
  • Award notifications distributed: June 2020
  • Award start date: September 1, 2020
Application instructions:

Clinical Translational Research Services (CTRS) Pilot Funding Program

This program provides funding to help University of Minnesota faculty prepare and implement prospective clinical pilot studies.

  • April 10: Letter of intent (LOI) due by 5pm (CST).
  • April 17 (approximate): Invitations to submit full proposals sent out.
  • May 22: Full proposals due by 5pm (CST).
  • August 1 (approximate): Stage I awards announced.
Application instructions:
  1. Submit a mandatory letter of Intent (LOI) by 5pm (CST) on April 10, 2020. 
  2. Requests for full proposals will be sent by invitation approximately three weeks after the due date. 

For more details, view the RFA.

TL1 Program

This program provides comprehensive, flexible training for a diverse cohort of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are committed to a substantive and impactful career in translational research and team science.

  • Letters of intent deadline extended: 11:59pm, March 30, 2020
  • Full application due April 29, 2020
  • Award starts August 1, 2020

Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program

A research career development program that aims to place URM underrepresented in health-related sciences junior faculty on the path to being competitive for NIH K awards.

Letter of Intent Deadline: This deadline has passed.
Application Deadline extended: 11:59 p.m., May 6, 2020 (by invitation only)
Award Notification: June 2020
Application instructions:

The program is currently accepting applications for its 2020 cohort. Please review application materials below: