Pilot Grant Program

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The IDeA-CTR Pilot Grant Program is administered through an NIH/NIGMS grant entitled “Great Plains IDeA-CTR.” The goal of the program is to provide a mechanism to test the most promising and novel clinical and translational (CTR) projects, and help investigators obtain preliminary data necessary for successful investigator-initiated extramural grants. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 annually, as well as access to resources of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR to support these research efforts.
The 2017 Priorities for Pilot Grant projects are a combination of scientific and regional priorities developed by the GP IDeA-CTR Scientific Team and Community Advisory Board. Our intention is to support work that moves science forward and can be applied to address regional health issues.

Priority areas include:

  • Behavioral health including, mental health, substance abuse (e.g., opioids and alcohol), and violence as a public health issue
  • Obesity treatment and prevention
  • Aging and Age-related cognitive impairment
  • Injury prevention
  • Technologies and models to improve health access including the evaluation of new or existing tools (e.g., telehealth) with a focus on rural populations.
  • Connecting clinical care and community services (e.g., schools, food banks, YMCAs, etc.)
  • Addressing health disparities based on social determinants, race, ethnicity, and geography

Note that across these areas, highest priority will be given to the strongest science and those projects most likely to lead to successful extramural funding. In addition, projects that make an impact on medically disadvantaged, underrepresented minority, and/or geographically or clinically isolated populations—and can introduce or evaluate new tools or technologies useful in these populations—are of high interest.

In addition, to increase the likelihood of a strong scientific proposal applicants are encouraged to engage in new or existing interdisciplinary collaborations, inter-institution proposals, and to develop links to other existing IDeA programs (INBRE and COBRE) in the participating Great Plains region.


Please direct questions to Dr. Howard Fox, Dr. Paul Estabrooks, or the Great Plains IDeA CTR Education Coordinator, Heather Braddock.