Small Grants RFA


Funding Opportunity Description

WVCTSI is accepting Pilot Project Funding applications for clinical and translational research focusing on, but not limited to, specific health areas of importance to West Virginia and Appalachia at large. Of note, projects with significant laboratory based components must have very clear delineation of the plan for translation of the research with impact on human health. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines clinical research as: (1) patient-oriented research; (2) epidemiologic and behavioral studies; and/or (3) outcomes research and health services research.  Per the NIH, translational research includes: the process of making discoveries in the research laboratory or in preclinical studies that will have an impact on human health and may lead to the development of studies in humans; the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans; and research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies are also important aspects of translational science.

Fall 2017 Deadline:                      October 24th, 2017

Spring 2018 Deadline:                 May 4th, 2018


Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Investigator Development Manager prior to application submission.

Meghan Reeves, MPH                      304-293-6581


Budget: For all funding cycles, the budget is limited to a maximum of $5,000 in total direct costs with a performance period of six months. Each site is required to use the NIH PHS 398 detailed budget form (Form Page 4); NIH Forms.


Eligibility Information

  • Principal Investigator (PI) must hold a faculty appointment or equivalent at the time the award is announced. For the purposes of this RFA, these are individuals who can independently apply for federal or non- federal investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed Research Project Grants (RPG). Individuals holding postdoctoral fellowships or other positions that lack independent status are not eligible to lead pilot projects.
  • PI’s at Marshall University must hold a faculty appointment in the School of Medicine.



  • The Project lead for Pilot projects may not concurrently have funding from other IDeA Program award mechanisms (e.g. INBRE, COBRE).
  • Pilot projects may not overlap with other ongoing WVCTSI-funded projects