Translational Methods Pilot Grant


Application Requirements

Translational Methods (TM) Pilot Awards are federally funded through the CTSA grant from NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), but do not require official pre-award review (routing) through the CU Denver Office of Grants and Contracts prior to submission.

However, affiliate home organizations may require applicants to complete an internal review process prior to submission. Please check with your institutional grants or sponsored projects office to ascertain if your institution has pre-submission requirements for applications to programs such as this. Any awarded projects that have not met these requirements prior to submission will not be activated until all such affiliate institutional requirements are met. 

If a Translational Methods Pilot Award is made to an investigator at an affiliated institution, F&A costs may be included. Please contact the CCTSI for specific discussions on how this may impact your overall budget prior to development and submission of your project.Woman writing on grease board

NCATS has instituted a new policy requiring the review and approval of all CCTSI pilot grants involving human subjects research prior to CCTSI NIH funds being utilized.

Therefore​, if your proposal is funded and involves research with human subjects (an approved IRB protocol), CCTSI will require additional documentation to send to NCATS. NCATS expects to complete their review in 30-60 days, The NCATS review can occur concurrently with the IRB review; however, final NCATS approval is contingent upon IRB approval. Please indicate clearly in your Letter of Intent (LOI) if your study involves human subjects/ IRB approval so we can start working with you in advance.

All applicants are reminded to avoid public disclosure of results, in either text or verbal form, without first determining if intellectual property exists, as this may result in a lost opportunity to protect and commercialize your invention. Please call the CU Innovations Office (303-724-0221) before presenting or publishing results.

Key Dates

Posted Date

October 7, 2019

Informational Calls
Join via Zoom or call 669-900-6833
November 13, 1:00 - 2:00 pm MST
December 11, 1:00 2:00 pm MST

Mandatory Letter of Intent Due of Intent Due
December 2, 2019
5:00 pm MST

TM Application
Submission Date
January 6, 2020
5:00 pm MST

Application Review Period
February 2020

Notice of Selection
April 2020

Project Funding Period
May 2020 through April 2021

Translational Methods Pilot Program Questions

Natalie Serkova, PhD
Translational Methods Pilot Program Chair

CCTSI Pilot Program Coordinator

Debra Szuster