Pilot Awards

CTSI Pilot Awards seek to advance clinical and translational research at UCSF by providing funding resources to catalyze research and activities in clinical and translational sciences.

The program funds novel and outstanding clinical and translational research, including research focusing on children, the elderly, and those socially and medically vulnerable.  It also facilitates and supports the formation and development of multidisciplinary research teams and supports under-represented minority clinical and translational researchers in conducting cutting-edge clinical and translational science.


Family Support

Family Support Award is intended to fill a gap in support for junior faculty with significant family caregiving responsibilities by providing funding for supplemental research support.


Junior Investigators

Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences awards are intended to support a wide range of biomedical research, including fundamental basic science, clinical/translational science, health policy and social science, digital health (incorporating the use of mobile technology) and population science.


Team Science

Team Science Grant provides funding to develop complex cross-disciplinary research projects, including arranging meetings of investigators, performing preliminary studies, and preparing grant applications. Diversity in both scientific and underrepresented minority status of team members is welcome.


​Under-represented Academics

Under-represented Faculty & Senior Fellows in Clinical and Translational Research Awards provide support to researchers from historically disenfranchised racial and ethnic groups that are under-represented in health sciences, or from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, in an effort to encourage these researchers to remain in academia for their career and thus increase the diversity of UCSF faculty.