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In an effort to bolster the engagement of junior clinician scientists in research, the School of Medicine is rolling out a new incentive to support research activities of clinician scientists in their departments.

Clinician scientists are critical to ensuring the effective translation of discoveries from the bench to the bedside. The first step towards a successful clinical research career is often a mentored career development award from the NIH (K award), which requires that the applicant devote a minimum of 75% effort for the research project.  Clinical departments must provide clinical coverage to release research time for the recipients of these awards. The Dean’s office recognizes that clinical obligations can limit the ability of departments to expand their support for early career physician scientists engaged in research.

This strategic initiative is intended to help address this problem and expand the cohort of clinician scientists with an MD or MD/PhD in the SOM who are engaged in scientific research.  On an annual basis over the course of the strategic plan, the Office of Research (OoR) will allocate $15,000/year for up to 3 years to the department of each K awardee that holds an active externally funded K01, K08, K22, K23, K24, K26 or K99 grant from NIH, to help offset clinical departmental obligations for these clinician scientists.

The full RFA for 2022 submissions can be found here.

To apply, Clinical Departments must complete the spreadsheet linked here and email it to by July 7, 2022.

Please contact Jennifer Brennan or Trisha Dant in the Office of Research with any questions: .


The School of Medicine (SoM) is host to an exceptional array of scientists across 8 basic science and 19 clinical departments.  The Dean’s office recognizes that increased research collaboration and integration of basic and clinical scientists will fuel discovery and innovation to improve human health.  As part of strategic efforts to capitalize on these strengths and increase translational research, the SoM Office of Research (OoR) is sponsoring a new initiative to support external joint faculty hires in research between clinical and basic science departments. The new faculty member must have an appointment in both a clinical and a basic science department.

Clinical and Basic science Departments that would like to partner and jointly recruit an external research faculty member in the Fall of 2024 are encouraged to submit an application to be considered for support.  The SOM OoR intends annually to provide funding of up to $300,000 towards the recruitment package for each of two recruits over the next five year strategic plan timeframe.

To be considered for funding this year, please submit the following information in a single PDF to The application is limited to no more than 3 pages. The deadline for this year’s applications is March 28, 2024.

  • Letter of Intent: Describe the importance of the recruitment for filling a research need in the Clinical and Basic science departments and any relevant centers (if applicable).  Focus on how the external recruitment will enhance the translational research capabilities in the targeted area of need.  If there is a targeted hire, provide specific details and a CV for the prospective hire.
  • Recruitment Plan: Outline the plans and obligations for salary, space, administrative support and the sharing of F&A receipts among the participating units. Please also indicate the intended research/clinical/teaching expectations for the position.  Indicate the resources from each department that will be included as part of the recruitment package.
  • Mentoring Plan: Briefly describe plans for jointly mentoring the faculty member.

Please contact Jennifer Brennan in the SOM Office of Research with any questions:


The partnership between Novant Health, UNC Health, and the UNC School of Medicine was established to support medical education, research, and clinical services to Novant Health facilities as well as bring better health care solutions and care to rural areas. The Promoting Health Equity and Clinical Research in Southeastern NC Awards supports this partnership and is sponsored by the Research Advisory Council, and this research pilot award program supports research in two areas: clinical and health equity.

More information about the pilot awards, including the most recent RFAs, can be found here.

A list of awarded teams is linked here.


The Faculty Collaborative Research Chat Awards fund meetings to help departments and centers initiate new interdisciplinary collaborations. The intent of the award is to enable the exchange of ideas and expertise between faculty members that will lead to novel and innovative research endeavors. A secondary goal of this award is to encourage collaboration between basic and clinical scientists, as well as conversations between new and established faculty at UNC.

Recipients will be given $300 dollars which will cover expenses for at least 2-3 meetings (over 6-8 months) between the requesting unit, collaborators, and other key players from different areas necessary to initiate a new collaborative research project. The topic of the collaboration should not be limited to an existing project or mission of the department or center, but instead should expand the research areas and/or boundaries of the unit.

Only one proposal per department or center will be considered. For clinical departments with multiple divisions, one proposal per division will be reviewed.

To apply for the award, those interested in applying should develop a project title/meeting topic and a brief description (up to 1,000 characters) outlining the following:

  1. The purpose of the meetings
  2. How different groups will be involved, and
  3. Include a list of names of the collaborators. Proposals should involve a combination of scientists from basic science and clinical departments as well as new and established faculty.

Applicants must also include a brief endorsement and sign off from the Department Chair or Center Director (to ensure submission of one proposal per unit). Please use the template of this endorsement that can be found here.

The awards will be offered bi-annually.

A list of awarded collaborations can be found here.

The deadline for applications is to be determined. To submit an application, please email the project title, brief description, and endorsement from the Department Chair or Center Director to Trisha Dant at

If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, please call Trisha at 919-966-4287.


The School of Medicine’s new Strategic Plan includes a new annual award cycle – the Translational Team Science (TTS) Award- administered in partnership with NC TraCS. This award is aimed at capitalizing on the “culture of collaboration” at UNC Chapel Hill to foster new synergistic interdisciplinary teams of basic science and clinical investigators. The award is not restricted to human subjects and tissues, and proposals may include research using cellular and animal model systems; however the project should translate across basic and clinical disciplines. Due to the current vaping epidemic and reports of related illnesses and deaths, vaping research proposals will be considered as high-priority for the 2019-20 cycle.

There are multiple stages of TTS applications and awards (see application process, below). After submission of an initial one page Concept paper, selected teams will be invited to submit a full Feasibility proposal for review. If awarded, TTS Phase I Feasibility grants will provide a 12-month period to begin to fully engage team members in the development of a competitive continuation proposal for TTS Phase II ( 12 months). Advancement to the next award stage is contingent on the merit of the proposed plan and progress in the prior period. The expectation is that these awards will provide the planning time and initial funds to support early stage denovo research teams that would otherwise not be possible. This would ultimately lead to submission of novel interdisciplinary program project grants and multiple PI R01s by UNC SOM investigators.

TTSA awards will be made jointly with NC TraCS pilot funding. For teams led by SOM PIs, the SOM will provide the funding match for TraCS funds. For other teams led by non-SOM PIs, matched funds should be provided by other appropriate units. Review of phase I and phase II applications (defined below) will be done by the NC TraCS review panel with equal consideration for early to late stage translational studies.

The inaugural TTSA RFA was issued in October 2013. A summary of the teams and projects awarded are listed here.

Please see the latest  TTSA RFP for a description of the program and guidelines for submission.  The FY24 deadline is August 28, 2023.


The UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Research (OoR) sponsors an annual pilot program, Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR), to provide support for innovative, early-stage research relevant to external strategic funding priorities.

The Fall 2022 round of funding is focused on recognizing the importance and impact of fundamental research by supporting interdisciplinary, technology-focused, basic science research that can lead to new discoveries or technologies.  Awards will provide seed funding for fundamental, technologically sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and discovery basic research projects that can be completed within 12 months and have strong potential to inform subsequent grant applications to the NIH or other external funding agencies.

Awards will provide up to $50,000 in funding for a 12-month project period.  This funding opportunity is open to faculty with primary appointments in the SOM or faculty whose grants are administered by the SOM

The Fall 2022 RFP details can be found here.

It is anticipated that future funding challenges will be aligned with high profile research objectives such as concept clearances from NIH institutes and the Common Fund. Click here for information on the previous award recipients and their projects.


The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a unique UNC resource consisting of a mouse multiparent population derived from eight inbred strains. High level and uniform distribution of genetic variants genome-wide and the presence of combinations of alleles derived from three different subspecies, found only in this population, make this resource uniquely suited to test and characterize the role of genetic diversity in the etiology of biomedical traits. This resource is maintained and distributed by the Systems Genetics Core Facility at UNC.

Successful pilot projects will have access to 96 CC mice at $32.50 per mouse (25% of the regular price). The CC strains allocated to each pilot project will be based on availability and researchers cannot select specific strains.


The RFP can be found here. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at the beginning of each month. 

Please contact Jennifer Brennan in the Office of Research with any questions. Proposals can be emailed directly to Jennifer at


A short description of the internal research funding opportunities available to faculty and their deadlines can be found here.



The OoR can assist departments and centers with small contributions to startup and retention packages, but never funds the full package. Chairs and Center Directors should make requests for these funds as early in the process as possible. The OoR’s contribution will be disbursed to the department over 4-5 years. If you need to request startup or retention funds, contact the Vice Dean for Research (


Bridge funding applications are typically accepted 3 times during the academic year.  A memo is sent to Department Chairs to share with their faculty giving specific due dates. The due dates for Bridge Funding are October 11, 2024, January 17, 2025, and April 25, 2025.

The most recent memo can be found here.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The grant has been reviewed and received a written critique
  • The PI has no more than 2 active R01s or the equivalent level of funding
  • The PI does not have more than $50k of additional sources of lab support, e.g. trust fund, startup, retention, royalties.
  • If the grant’s NIH number identifies the grant as a ‘new’ grant, the PI must include a cover letter explaining how the new grant is a repackaged version of previously funded research
  • The grant under consideration must be administered in an SOM unit
  • The department/center agrees to match the funding from the Dean’s Office.

The application for bridge funding much include:

  • cover letter
  • letter of support
  • current 3-4 page NIH biosketch
  • publications
  • research section of the original grant application
  • the NIH review of that application
  • a draft rebuttal for the revised application
  • proposed budget for the bridge funds.

Please direct questions and email your applications to Jen Brennan at


UNC School of Medicine (SOM) faculty are extremely successful in their efforts to obtain funding for their research, although the SOM recognizes that it often takes multiple submissions and additional experimental data to get a new project funded, particularly as a new investigator, or with a more complex, multi-PI project.

In support of these efforts, the SOM Office of Research is inviting applications from faculty for Boost awards, which are designed to boost the chances of funding for an NIH grant (or similar) that has been reviewed favorably but needs additional revisions and preliminary data in order to be funded on resubmission.  Please note that Boost awards are distinct from the OoR bridge funding program, which provides funds for bridging A1 renewal applications for ongoing, not new, projects.

Due dates for Boost Funding for this fiscal year will be October 11, 2024 and April 25, 2025.

The most recent memo can be found here.

Award Information:

Up to $25,000 will be provided to successful applicants for lab supplies, animal expenses, core services, and salary for research support personnel for up to a 12-month period during the preparation of a revised proposal.


  • Funding must be requested for a new NIH R01 or equivalent that has been reviewed previously within the last 12 months.
  • The proposal must have been administratively routed through the SOM.
  • Applicant/PI must have no more than 2 R01s (or equivalent) of funding.
  • Applicant/PI must have no more than $50k of startup, retention, or other similar funding available to offset project costs.
  • Although all eligible applicants are welcome, priority will be given to K to R01 transitions, early stage investigators, and multi-PI team projects.

Please direct questions and email your applications to Jen Brennan at


The Core Facilities Advocacy Committee [CFAC] is responsible for disbursing emergency and equipment funds for Core Facilities. Emergency funds can be used for assistance with salaries and service contracts, purchase of small equipment needs [~$5-25K] and methodology development. Equipment funds can be used for the purchase of instruments ranging from $30-100K and for cost-share amounts in conjunction with instrumentation grants. The CFAC generally issues requests for funding applications (RFAs) twice a year. Emergency requests are considered throughout the year as funds allow.

Please contact Kara Clissold ( for more information