The primary goal of the Pilot Project Program Core of the AI/AN CTR Program is to provide funding to support the overall objective of developing research programs relevant to the Alaska Native and American Indian health disparities in Montana and Alaska. Efforts will include direct funding for research projects, as well as funding to stimulate collaboration, provide research training through mini-sabbatical support, and diversity supplements to enhance the involvement of AI/AN students and investigators in research.

This core’s first aim is to establish the pilot projects program, which includes pilot grants, mini-sabbaticals, diversity awards, and small grants intended for both tribal colleges/branch campuses as well as AI/AN communities. The second aim is to assist potential and successful pilot awardees in coordinating with the other Cores of the Center, with the goal of ensuring that the Center resources (such as biostatistical support, mentorship programs, etc.) are fully utilized and engaged early in the pre-proposal stage.

Directors & Staff

Chelsea Niewald

Chelsea Bellon

Administrative Coordinator
Kathrene Conway

Kathrene Conway

Computer Software Engineer: Applications II