Pilot & Feasibility Grants


The New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) announces the availability of Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) seed funding for research initiatives to generate preliminary data for an extramural funding application that addresses a diabetes-related translational research question. Proposal budgets for seed funding are generally limited to $5,000 for 12 months; however, applications with budgets up to $10,000 will be considered for particularly meritorious proposals. Seed awards are intended to be most useful to investigators collecting pilot data or supplementary data to ongoing work that would support successful proposals for larger-scale externally funded research. Proposals are expected to use rigorous translational research methods such as: community-based participatory research, implementation or dissemination science, natural experiment methods, as well as quantitative or qualitative methods to assess interventions to improve diabetes prevention or diabetes care and outcomes at the individual, group, system or population level. Applications involving life course methodology, population health and health systems or natural experiments are strongly encouraged to apply. The CDTR website http://www.newyorkregionalcdtr.org provides information re: Core resources and services available to awardees to support their proposed work. P&F funds may supplement ongoing funded research projects, but non-overlap must be clearly demonstrated in the application. Recipients must hold the rank of Assistant Professor or higher at the time of the award.

ELIGIBILITY. This program is designed to support (in order of priority):

1) New investigators with interests in diabetes and obesity. Included in this category are junior investigators shifting from mentor-based research to an independent career. Meritorious applications from new investigators receive priority for funding.

2) Established investigators in other research areas who wish to apply their expertise to diabetes or obesity.

3) CDTR members who wish to explore a new area of research that constitutes a substantive departure from their previous or ongoing externally-funded diabetes research.

APPLICATION. Proposals should: 1) clearly delineate the aims of the research; 2) describe rigorous study procedures; 3) include a data analysis plan; 4) describe use of CDTR Core resources; and 5) discuss how the proposed research will support a future application for external funding (NIH/NIDDK preferred), including a timeline. Recipients will present their research at a “Works in Progress” Seminar during the year of funding and will submit a brief progress report at completion. Ongoing in-kind consultation and mentorship from CDTR faculty are available to awardees. Seed funding cannot be used to support PI or Co-I effort.

***Prior to submitting a full application, applicants must submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI) of no more than 1-2 pages outlining the general aims of their proposal for initial review to ensure responsiveness to this call. LOIs are due on March 15, 2018 and should be emailed as an attachment to Jennifer.Lukin@einstein.yu.edu.

No internal grant forms or approval signatures are needed in order to submit an application. However, if IRB approval is needed for protection of human subjects, then applicants should apply for that approval at the time the proposal is submitted. Submit your application electronically as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer.Lukin@einstein.yu.edu by April 15, 2018.

Required application components include: abstract, budget, research plan (limited to 5 pages), literature cited, and NIH biosketches (including other support) for all key personnel. Provide these components as a single Word or PDF document. If PDF format is used, also include a copy of the abstract as a Word document. Please use the NIH PHS 398 grant application forms, which can be downloaded from the NIH website: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html.

The start date for funding of successful applications is anticipated to be August 1, 2018.

Questions concerning this program should be directed to NY Regional CDTR Directors:

Judith.Wylie-Rosett@einstein.yu.edu or Elizabeth.Walker@einstein.yu.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be a CDTR member to apply?
A. Awards are generally limited to NY Regional CDTR members and other investigators from institutions at which one or more of our CDTR members are based (see: http://www.newyorkregionalcdtr.org) who are proposing to work in collaboration with or under the mentorship of NY-CDTR members. Applications will be considered from non-members who successfully apply for membership with the submission of their LOI (include NIH Biosketch and Other Support).

2. What CDTR core services are available to support developing my proposal and conducting my proposed research?
A. The CDTR Core services and contact information can be found on the CDTR website: http://www.newyorkregionalcdtr.org.

3. What other institutional resources are available?
A. Institutional resources for facilitating research vary by institution. The Einstein-Montefiore resources are described on the website for shared facilities: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/research/shared-facilities/cores/4/biorepository/

4. Can I use the seed funding to obtain preliminary data for a career development or pilot study funding?
A. Yes, the P&F seed funding is intended to lead to developing future research funding, which may include career development or pilot studies, as steps for larger scale research applications.

5. Can I use the funding for biostatistical consultation?
A. In-kind consultative biostatistical services are available from the CDTR.  At Einstein-Montefiore consultation is also available via Walk-in Statistical Center Consultation Service available on the Einstein Campus every Tuesday 3 – 5 pm (Belfer Building, Room 1303 and on the Montefiore Campus every Monday 3 – 5 pm (Moses Research Tower, Room 8009).  

6. What about patient care and lab test costs?
A. Budgets should be developed in accordance with NIH policy regarding patient care costs. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps_2012/nihgps_ch19.htm

7. Is it OK for there to be multiple PIs for seed funding? 
A. The P&F seed grants are intended for single principal investigators, although participation of co-investigators/mentors in the proposed research is strongly encouraged.  

8. What if I have a K award on a similar topic? 
A.  Your proposal should include a clear explanation of how the seed funding supports a different aspect not covered by your K award.

9. What is the difference between “Seed Funding” and the usual P&F grant for NY Regional CDTR?
A. The limited budget and one-year award period differentiate it from the usual P&F grants. It may be useful for many investigators to collect specific data sets for their research in progress.