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Internal pilot and other grant funding deadlines


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



NCTraCS Pilot Funding



TraCNC TraCS has issued a pilot RFA focused on Clinical and Translational Science. The 2 step application process begins with a Concept Proposal due October 11, 2022. More info can be found at the TraCS website.   $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



Therapeutics Proposals: 

The Eshelman Institute seeks to fund translational research related to therapeutics focused on oncology, infectious disease, and neuroscience (including rare diseases). However, the Institute welcomes ideas for devices and diagnostics, and other therapeutic areas and services.

Opportunistic Proposals are also accepted.

Digital Health Venture Studio:

After a Venture Studio sprint, some concepts are deemed to be very attractive potential startups and would be eligible for a non-dilutive Eshelman Institute validation grant. These concepts get support to get the concept in position for launching as a future startup.

1-2 years, variety of funding levels  


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

Challenges related to NIH Strategic Funding Areas

Up to $50K for 1 year

Does not cover faculty salary

Junior Faculty Development Awards
The Junior Faculty Development Award is for untenured assistant or associate professors.

Support for research or scholarly project

Up to $10K

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)
UNC IDEA Grant once per year, see website  The UNC Idea Grant is a pilot funding program sponsored by the OVCR that encourages researchers to develop novel ideas that address important problems or roadblocks to a current line of inquiry. This competition is open to any field of research and/or scholarship conducted by UNC-CH researchers.  $5,000 – $20,000 for up to 1 year.


Bridge Funding

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