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Pilot Funding Opportunities

Award Deadlines Description and Eligibility
Funding Contact

OoR/TraCS Translational Team Science Award (TTSA)


Early Dec.
Phase I-
End of Feb


Support for new synergistic interdisciplinary teams of both basic science and clinical investigators. Not restricted to human subjects and tissues; may include research using cellular and animal model systems; however the project should translate across basic and clinical disciplines.

Phase I-
$50k/1 yearPhase II-
$75k/ 1year no match required for SOM teams



TraCS Pilot Funding



TraCS $2k– accessible funding to support innovative research.

TraCS $5k-$50k- serves as a stimulus for new translational clinical research initiatives aimed at obtaining sufficient preliminary data to allow new applications for extramural funding. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: Transformative Technologies, Comparative Effectiveness Research, and Drugs, Devices and Diagnostic Development

4D $5k-$50k– Special emphasis on Drugs, Devices and Diagnostics Development towards a commercial endpoint. Pre-application and invitation required for full proposals.

RTI / UNC / N.C. A&T / NC State U. collaborative grants (grants eligible for 50% match)

NEW!  Promoting Health Equity by Including Under-represented Participants in Research — The purpose of this special RFA is to facilitate research that promotes health equity for groups who have traditionally been under-represented in health research or excluded altogether


Additional Opportunities available for UNC / Duke pilots, Multi-Site CTSA Pilots and Planning Grants

$2k-$50k (some require 50% match, see RFA for details)






UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program



All Cancer Center members and UNC faculty may apply.

Tier 1 Pilot (1 PI)
Tier 2 Stimulus (1-2PIs)

Each tier accepts basic, translational and population proposals related to cancer research.


T1 $50k/1 yr
T2 $100k/1-2yrs

Center for Innovation- Health Care Innovation Awards




PI must be from UNC Healthcare or SOM

Supports Innovative care delivery models and care pathways; new technology deployments; advanced analytics; business model innovations; workforce development


up to $50k


KickStart Innovation Awards January and July The KickStart Award Program helps early-stage companies meet commercial milestones either on the technical side (prototype development, animal studies) or on the business side (regulatory pathway, freedom to operate). $25,000 to $50,000

Eshelman Institute for Innovation Awards



PIs must be ESOP employees but can include outside collaborators

Innovative and transformative research
in: basic/applied pharmaceutical sciences; health care quality, practice and policy; health sciences educational research; business processes and practices

T1 $50k
T2 $200k
T3 $750k
T4 $2MStudents/Fellows $25k

SOM Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Varies, usually spring PI/Team leaders must hold a primary appointment in the SOM

Proposal should represent a new avenue of research for the investigators

Spring 2018 Challenge: Healthcare and Precision Medicine

Up to $50K for 1 year

Does not cover faculty salary

Junior Faculty Development Awards
Full time non-tenured junior faculty are eligible. Support for research or scholarly project
Up to $7.5k to access
sakai submission site
Creativity Hubs Pilot Award Stage 1 Pre-proposal: October


Stage 2: Full proposal: April

Promotes the development of innovative ideas that emerge from cross-disciplinary interactions to address key challenges and develop new knowledge. Funded projects are expected to lead to large-scale extramural funding. 

Teams applying for the award are encouraged to design projects related to one or more of the following categories (although revolutionary ideas in any discipline are invited): The Brain, Cancer, Data Science, The Environment, Opportunity Well-Being and Culture, and Precision Health & Society.

The team leader must have a primary faculty appointment at UNC-Chapel Hill or Center/Institute and can serve as a Principal Investigator. Teams must also include researchers from multiple schools/college and/or Center and Institutes.

Stage 1(Pre-proposal): $5,000


Stage 2 (Full Proposal): $500,000 ($250,000 per year for 2 years)


Bridge Funding

Bridge funding applications are accepted 3 times during the academic year: October, January and May. The latest memo can be found here.