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NUCATS Voucher & Pilot Programs

The NUCATS voucher and pilot programs are designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work.

These funds are particularly intended for projects with the potential for strong clinical or translational research in a short timeframe, junior faculty who have not yet established a significant funding base, projects involving critical steps in the device and drug development pathway and projects that address a critical need in translational science that are too small to be suitable for conventional funding. They’re also designed for projects involving research dissemination and implementation in community and practice settings.

Pilot applications that demonstrate innovative approaches to the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of research findings that address the gap between research discoveries and the translation of this knowledge into evidence-based programs, practices, or policies in the clinic or community to improve the health of the public will be strongly considered.

Priority areas for the current round of pilot funding include D&I and projects with a high likelihood of translation to clinical or population health impact, projects that align with the Chicago Department of Public Health's Healthy Chicago 2.0/Healthy Chicago 2025 goals, and studies that address health disparities/health equity.

To discuss possible D&I ideas, pilot applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Center for Community Health.

Please direct questions about the pilot and voucher programs to Keith Herzog.

Program Award Amount Length of Award Application Status Link to RFA/Application
Pilot Up to $30,000 12 months



Voucher Up to $2,500 6 months Rolling review process The voucher awards application is closed at this time

Pilot Award FAQs

How do I register as a NUCATS member?

Open your preferred browser and navigate to Click “Register with your NetID or email address” within the Join Now box in the top right corner.

If I am not planning to submit a Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) pilot proposal, do I need to discuss my proposal with someone at NUCATS prior to submission?

No. While investigators planning to submit D&I proposals are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal with Darius Tandon in NUCATS’ Center for Community Health in advance of submission, non-D&I proposals do not need to discuss proposal ideas with NUCATS in advance of submission.

Do I need to submit NIH-biosketches for all individuals who will contribute effort to my proposed pilot project?

No, only submit NIH-style biosketches for the PI and any Co-I/Co-PI roles.

I do not qualify as a PI, can I submit a pilot application?

You may submit as a Co-I and your faculty member collaborator or mentor can submit as the PI. Outline the distribution of work clearly in the proposal and be sure to submit both biosketches.

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