Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research

Do you have a good idea for a pilot project that would measurably improve the research environment at UCSF?

The 2013 CTSI Annual Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research is now accepting innovative, collaborative proposals to facilitate the development, conduct or analysis of clinical & translational research.

This award is offered through UCSF RAP and managed using UCSF Open Proposals, which allows you to share your idea for possible funding, and browse your colleagues' ideas to provide input or to collaborate.


  • Open to the UCSF campus community and CTSI affiliate organizations;
  • Pilot awards are expected to range from in-kind support from CTSI programs to $50K each (total funding values to be disbursed in this cycle have not yet been determined);
  • Submit proposals by February 25; participate by reviewing and commenting on ideas, or joining teams, through March 19.

An example of a proposal awarded in 2012 is "Expedited CHR submission and approval for Chart Review Research (Category 5)." This collaborative effort between clinical researchers and Human Research Protection Program staff recognized the hurdles involved in initiating low-risk chart review research. With funding from CTSI, the group is now developing a streamlined online application process to accelerate Category 5 chart review approvals. See all 2012 awardees.

CTSI also offers 16 other awards via UCSF RAP to support research and career development (deadline 2/25).

View all CTSI funding opportunities (application deadline Feb 25), and view 2012 awardees.