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ACCEL Pilot Funding Open for Applications

Application submission is open. Preliminary applications due Monday, March 4.

Goals and Background

The mission of the Delaware CTR ACCEL Program is to accelerate clinical and translational research that addresses health outcomes of Delawareans. The CTR Pilot Projects Program annually solicits applications for funding of projects related to clinical and translational (C&T) research. C&T Pilot grants may be either Regular C&T Pilots or Community Engagement C&T Pilots. Regular C&T Pilots will provide funds for a 1-year period; Community Engagement C&T Pilots will provide funds for a 2-year period. A budget of up to $80,000 direct costs may be requested. Both types of Pilots are intended to allow a research team to develop a more substantial basis for independent external support from the NIH.


Interested applicants are required to submit a Preliminary Application, due Monday, March 4, 2024 by 5:00 PM. Based on a scientific review of the Preliminary Applications, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application, due Monday, May 20, 2024 by 5:00 PM. PIs are strongly encouraged to complete both submission processes well in advance of their deadlines, as the submission windows will close at 5 pm sharp and no exceptions will be made. Partial or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Before a proposal can be submitted, the proposal PI must register as an ACCEL user and have a valid ORCID account linked to ACCEL. Proposals must be submitted by the PI (or their ACCEL designee). Proposals submitted under another user’s ACCEL account will not be accepted.

Key Dates

  • March 4, 2024, by 5:00 pm – Preliminary Application submission deadline
  • March 18, 2024 – Invitations for Full Applications sent
  • May 20, 2024, by 5:00 pm – Full Application submission deadline
  • August 20, 2024 – Potential awardees notified
  • October 20, 2024 – Just-In-Time deadline (IRB/IACUC approval, human subjects certs due)
  • November 15, 2024 – Proposals sent to NIH for approval
  • January 1, 2025 – Anticipated project start date


For questions about the Pilot Grants Program submission and review process, please contact Megan Wenner, ACCEL Pilot Projects Program Director.

For specific questions related to ACCEL Core resources, please contact the appropriate Core Director:

  • Robert Akins, PhD, Professional Development Core Director
  • Claudine T. Jurkovitz, MD, MPH, Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Core Director
  • Lee M. Pachter, DO, Community Engagement & Outreach Core Director