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WVCTSI's Pilot Projects Core offers multiple funding opportunities throughout the year. 

Current Open Requests For Applications:

External Funding Opportunities (ex: NIH, CDC, etc)


The Pilot Projects Core provides a mechanism for soliciting and awarding clinical, translational, and community engagement projects, from concept to competitiveness for external funding.

The primary goal of the pilot funding mechanism is to increase the number of clinical and translational investigators who are positioned to secure extramurally funded investigations.


The Pilot Projects Core encompasses: peer review; the mentoring of junior investigators; IRB/ACUC compliance; the development of novel concepts, approaches, and development of innovative methodologies; disclosures of intellectual property; new technology transfers; and access to resources and scientific expertise.

This program enhances our nationally competitive clinical and translational investigator base and establishes a wider breadth of clinical and translational research. The program will promote the establishment of patient- and population-oriented research programs and clinical and translational research from bench to bedside involving WVU, its regional campuses and our partnering institutions.

The program will provide RFAs to support clinical and translational pilot investigations to enhance research relevant to targeted health disparities. Pilot projects must align with issues relevant to health and health care disparities in West Virginia and Appalachia in support of the broader clinical and translational research themes.


The Pilot Projects Core supports preliminary investigations to nurture collaborative research partnerships and outreach programs. Completion of this will result in the development of intra- and interstate research partnerships to develop projects with the long-term potential of raising the health status of West Virginians/Appalachians.


Gary Rankin, Ph.D.

Chair, Clinical and Translational Pilot Grants Program



Meg Haller, MPA, MSW

Pilot Grants Coordinator


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