Pilot Grants

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 Grants Program solicits applications for projects related to clinical and translational research (see Rubio et al., 2010). Pilot Grants provide funds for a 1 (Regular Pilots) or 2 (Community Engagement Pilots) year period that will allow a research team to develop a more substantial basis for independent external support from the NIH. Use of one or more of the research cores at the ACCEL institutions is encouraged.

Key Dates

  • December 4, 2020 Call for Pilot Project Proposals issued
  • December 15, 2020 Flight School #1
  • January 15, 2021 Letter of intent due by 5 PM EST
  • February 8, 11, or 12, 2021 (must email to secure a date/slot) Flight School #2 (Aims draft due 1 week in advance)
  • March 1, 2021 Deadline to submit requests for pre-submission assistance and feedback from BERD and/or CEO Cores
  • March 15, 2021 Proposal due by 5 PM EST
  • April 15, 2021 Reviews completed, send to ACCEL Executive Committee
  • May 15, 2021 ACCEL Executive Committee recommendation forwarded to EAC and PDC (JIT info requested at this time)
  • May 20, 2021 EAC decision made. Institutional IRB/IACUC approval due. Projects sent to NIH for approval. Approved projects should work with the PD and/or CEO Cores to ensure mentoring and/or community engagement plans are approved prior to commencement.
  • July 1, 2021 Pilot projects commence

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