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Translational Science Pilot Awards

The NUCATS Translational Science Pilot Awards program seeks proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary pilot projects that will advance Translational Science. For the definition as well as scientific and operational principles of Translational Science, please see Faupel-Badger JM et al. Clin Transl Sci. 2022.

Information on what qualifies as a Translational Science proposal is in the “Proposal Eligibility” section of the RFA.

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This Pilot is intended for faculty to develop data supporting subsequent applications for independent external funding and not for trainee career development.


Eligibility is limited to Northwestern University faculty.

  • Faculty applicants must be engaged in research and be eligible to apply for follow-on external grant funding as a PI or MPI.
  • Faculty applicants may or may not also hold appointments in one of the NUCATS Institute’s clinical affiliate institutions (Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, or Shirley Ryan AbilityLab).

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