Shovel-Ready Pilot Grants Program (ShoRe PGP)

Goals and Background

In today’s highly competitive climate, many investigators submit strong proposals and receive good scores, yet are not funded. To help such investigators transition their good proposals into fundable ones, the ACCEL Program has created the Shovel-Ready (ShoRe) Grants Program. ShoRe grants are for Principal Investigators (PIs) who already have submitted research grant applications (NIH, PCORI, VA, NSF, etc.) and have received reviews but need funds to collect additional data to strengthen their resubmission and address reviewers’ concerns. ShoRe grants must be related to clinical and translational research.

Key Dates

  • February 5, 2024, 5pm Application submission deadline
  • April 1, 2024 Potential awardees notified
  • May 15, 2024 Just-In-Time deadline (IRB/IACUC approval, human subjects certifications due)
  • June 1, 2024 Anticipated project start date


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.


For questions about the ShoRe Grants Program submission and review process, please contact:

For specific questions related to core resources, please contact the appropriate core director:

  • Robert Akins, PhD, ACCEL Professional Development Core (copy on all emails)
  • Claudine T. Jurkovitz, MD, MPH, ACCEL Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Core
  • Lee M. Pachter, DO, ACCEL Community Engagement & Outreach Core

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