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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.

Clinical and Translational Pilot Awards

The NUCATS Clinical and Translational Pilot Awards Initiative is seeking proposals for highly innovative, multidisciplinary clinical and translational research projects where the potential for strong clinical or translational impact on human health is clear. Proposals may also request funding for projects involving critical steps in the device and drug development pathway or for a need, while critical to translational science, that is too small to be suitable for conventional research funding mechanisms (e.g., biostatistics support for the development of preliminary data).

Dissemination and Implementation Pilot Awards 

The NUCATS Dissemination and Implementation Pilot Awards Initiative is seeking proposals that explore 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 public health. To discuss possible D&I ideas, pilot applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Center for Community Health.

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Joseph and Dorothy Giddan Child Health Research Awards 

The Joseph and Dorothy Giddan Child Health Research Awards Initiative is seeking proposals for highly innovative, lab-based basic or lab-based translational research projects that expand the knowledgebase in the field of child health. Applicants must propose such research addressing a significant child health problem that is based in the laboratory to meet eligibility criteria. Proposals for behavioral or social science projects will be considered non-responsive. Maximum allowable budget per award year is $100,000, up to $200,000 over a 2-year period.

Northwestern Medicine Clinical Innovation Awards

The Northwestern Medicine (NM) Clinical Innovation Awards Initiative is seeking proposals that advance translational research projects or support early, novel scientific ideas that have the potential to transform the practice of medicine. Applicants should propose projects that challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice, explore innovative hypotheses, and/or address critical barriers to progress. Ideal projects will demonstrate innovation and novelty of the proposed clinical and translational research.

 

Program Max Award Amount Length of Award Application Deadline Application Information Prioritized Applicants
Clinical & Translational Pilots $30,000 12 Months

August 13

Junior Faculty
Dissemination & Implementation Pilots $30,000 12 Months

August 13

Junior Faculty
Giddan Child Health Research Awards $200,000 24 Months August 13 All Faculty
NM Clinical Innovation Awards $30,000 24 Months August 13 All Faculty
Voucher $2,500 6 Months Rolling review process The voucher awards application is closed at this time

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

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