Pilot & Feasibility Grants

About the Program

The Pilot and Feasibility (P and F) programs at the University of Chicago DRTC support new initiatives in diabetes related biomedical, epidemiological or behavioral research. The program is designed to provide limited support to develop preliminary data sufficient for funding of a research grant application or to test an innovative hypothesis which might have important implications or yield significant results for diabetes related research. Eligible investigators should hold a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree and have a full time appointment at a research university or medical center in the Chicagoland area.  Postdoctoral and MD Fellows are not eligible to appy, while faculty of paranthetical rank are eligible to apply.  Applicants include new investigators without current or past NIH support as principal investigators, establish grant supported investigators who have not previously worked in diabetes related areas, or established investigators in diabetes related areas with a proposal for testing the feasibility of a new or innovative idea that is diabetes related and represents a clear and distinct departure from his/her ongoing research interests. The P and F programs at the University of Chicago provide a mechanism to foster the broad participation of investigators at various levels within the academic community and with highly varied training and experience in diabetes related research.

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