Funding Opportunities

Translational Funding Opportunities

CTSI funds innovative, multidisciplinary studies that advance Clinical and Translational Research.

We provide:

  • seed/pilot funding for new and promising clinical and translational projects;
  • a mechanism for young investigators to focus efforts in clinical and translational research;
  • stimulation of collaborative research between bench and clinical investigators with similar areas of interest;
  • fostering interdisciplinary collaborations between constituent groups in the CTSI;
  • core support for facilities conducting research in novel methodologies;
  • infrastructure support for services that promote clinical and translational research;
  • support for the enhancement of technology transfer services & expertise
  • co-funding grant opportunities with Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program

CTSI Pilot Award Funding Paths

Funding Path 1

Pilot Start-up Awards

Pilot preparatory awards supporting small, short-term feasibility studies for the purpose of developing a strong, highly competitive proposal for our traditional pilot award.

6 awards are currently available for up to $12,500 each for 6-month projects.

  • Release date of RFA:
    April 2, 2018
  • Application due in MCW GCO:
    May 8, 2018, 11:59 a.m. CDT
  • Application  deadline: May 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • IRB/IACUC approval(s) deadline:
    May 31, 2018 *
  • Notification of award:
    July 2018
  • Project start date: October 1, 2018
  • Project end date: March 31, 2019 **

*Proposal will not be considered for funding if any required regulatory, safety, or other ancillary committee approvals are not in place by this date. This includes IRB; IACUC; OCRICC; IBC (biosafety); etc.

**No-cost extensions for projects will not be allowed; all research expenses must be incurred prior to March 31, 2019

Funding Path 2

Traditional Pilots

 For stimulating inter-institutional and interdisciplinary translational and clinical research among the CTSI partner institutions. During the 2019 cycle, the CTSI is set to fund 12 awards up to $50,000 each.


By supporting collaboration, these awards will promote best practices in team science across all disciplines, including special emphasis categories of community-engaged health disparities and under-served and special populations.

  • Release date for RFA for 2019 cycle:
    May 1, 2018
  • Intent to Apply due:
    June 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • Application due in MCW GCO:
    July 25, 2018, 11:59 a.m. CDT
  • Application deadline:
    August 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • Notification of award:
    Mid-November 2018
  • IRB Submission Deadline:
    December 1, 2018
  • Mandatory Orientation:
    January 2019
  • Project Start Date: April 1, 2019
  • Project End Date: March 31, 2020

Funding Path 3

Pilot Mobility Awards

To provide an additional 9 months of support to current meritorious pilot projects that are poised to be competitive for external national-level funding and will benefit from an additional aim or data analysis.

Only current CTSI pilot awardees who are on schedule to complete all aims and objectives by the original project end date will receive an invitation to apply for the Mobility award.

  • Invitation sent to eligible applicants:
    January 2018
  • Application due in MCW GCO:
    February 22, 2018, 11:59 a.m. CT
  • Application deadline:
    March 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Notification of award:
    mid-April 2018
  • Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
  • Project End Date: March 31, 2019 **

**No-cost extensions for projects will not be allowed; all research expenses must be incurred prior to March 31, 2019

Community Engaged Research Seed Grant: Translational Focus

The CTSI is pleased to partner with the MCW Community Engagement Core to offer one award of up to $50,000 for a 16 month project which focuses on one of two priority areas:

  1. Health Disparities Research
  2. Recruitment Strategies for Community Participation in Research

This funding opportunity is designed to stimulate researcher/community partnerships and collaborative study for improving health outcomes in minority and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

  • Request for Proposals release date:
    June 30, 2017
  • Pre-proposals due:
    August 4, 2017
  • Application due in MCW GCO:
    September 15, 2017, 11:59 a.m. CT
  • Application deadline:
    September 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Notification of award:
    January, 2018
  • Project Start Date: February 1, 2018
  • Project End Date: May 31, 2019 *

*No-cost extensions for projects will not be allowed.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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