CCTS Partner Network Pilot Program

From bench to bedside, the CCTS is on a mission to improve health and health equity in communities across the deep south. By working together, we can accelerate the translation of fundamental and clinical research into improvements for human health and healthcare delivery.

Through the CCTS Pilot Program, we seek to ameliorate health conditions that disproportionately affect our region as represented by the CCTS Partner Network and to develop the future translational research workforce by fostering collaboration, team science and innovative discovery.

The current competition cycle is closed. The next cycle will begin in 2022. In the meantime, checkout the CCTS Pilot Toolbox for continually updated resources that may help you prepare a future CCTS Pilot Program application or beyond

Key Dates
Post Date September 1, 2021
Pre-Application Due Date October 25, 2021 by 5PM
Full Application Due Date (by invitation only) December 21, 2021 by 5PM
Scientific Merit Review and Advisory Council January – early February 2022
NIH Review April 2022
Earliest Start Date May 1, 2022
Pilot End Date April 30, 2023

  • Application Process
    This program utilizes a two-stage application process, where applications and peer-reviews are managed using RED-ASSIST. Two page pre-applications will be reviewed by CCTS members from across the Partner Network. If invited to submit a full application, the CCTS will help applicants coordinate a BERD consult and CCTS Panels Done Quickly (PDQ) to sharpen full proposals before they are submitted. Full applications will then be reviewed internally and externally (e.g. via the CTSA External Reviewer Exchange Consortium (CEREC)). Meritoriously reviewed proposals will be shepherded by the CCTS through NIH/NCATS prior approval (as needed) before an award can be made.
  • Proposals
    Proposals should be set in the context of health conditions that disproportionately affect our region. Research plans may lie at any point along the translational science spectrum – from biological basis of health or disease to interventions aimed at improving health of our community.
  • Eligibility
    The program supports early stage investigators from any of the CCTS Partner Network institutions. Established researchers may be considered with justification of how the proposal represents a major shift in experimental approach or a new, collaborative project involving two or more partner sites.
  • Funding
    Applicants may request up to $60,000 (direct) with expectations of co-sponsorship. See RFA for details.
  • Request for Applications (RFA)

    We encourage applicants to review the RFA carefully before applying, as it contains instructions, recommendations and resources related to drafting pre- and full applications, proposal review, NIH/NCATS Prior Approval and award.

2021 Request for Applications (RFA) Pilot
Current Pilot
Previous Pilot
  • β€œThe CCTS pilot program is well structured to support the success of individuals seeking to execute translational research projects. It enables investigators to tap into local expertise to find the right contacts to move projects forward.
    This includes access to expert clinical research nurses to assist with sample collection, feedback from principal investigators that have successfully executed similar projects, brainstorming sessions to troubleshoot problems, optimize workflows, with significant consideration on intellectual property protection, and advice on the acquisition of external research support to take the project to the next level.”

    - Sixto M. Leal, Jr. MD, PhD, FCAP, D (ABMM), 2020 Pilot Awardee

  • Since 2009, CCTS pilot investigators garner an average of $1.48M in extramural support in the 5 years after their pilot award.