Pilot awards are intended for ready-to-go/ongoing projects to provide funding to collect seed data and/or respond to prior NIH reviewer comments for extramural NIH applications (to be submitted within one year of completion of award). Pilot awards will be up to $80,000 direct costs. Award recipients are eligible to apply for continuing awards from the AI/AN CTRP.

Pilot awards are open to new investigators in fields relevant to translational research, as well as established investigators that may have track records in basic or pre-clinical research and wish to develop translational and/or community engaged programs focused on improving the health of AI/AN in Alaska and Montana.  Pilot award investigators must have a doctorate (or equivalent) degree and must also meet criteria for securing independent funding at their own institution. The Pilot award should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding.

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