Pilot Grant Program


MICHR provides funding for clinical and translational research to promote the development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes. Proposed research can be at any stage of the translational spectrum and should, in some way, meet the program’s goals:

  • Drive translation of scientific concepts from the benches of basic scientists to clinical investigators, and from the bedside to community practice;

  • Stimulate research that addresses community-identified health priorities;

  • Positively impact clinical outcomes and community health;

  • Establish new research programs and/or collaborations;

  • Augment the number of clinical/translational research investigators; and

  • Increase extramural funding and publications.

MICHR’s pilot grant program supports all translational and clinical researchers, and we encourage applicants to identify collaborations that will most effectively bridge the gap to translation.

We encourage and fund three approaches to research. These approaches have varying levels of engagement between partners within and outside of the University of Michigan. The three identified approaches are investigator-initiated research, collaborative research, and community-based participatory research.

MICHR Pilot Grant Program

Translational Science Award

Round 21 Deadline - September 12, 2016, 11:59 p.m.

MICHR is accepting applications for innovative research projects that address areas of translational research. We have restructured our pilot grant funding to encourage applications for projects at all stages of translation (T1-T4) that use one of the following approaches to research: investigator-initiated research, collaborative research, or community-based participatory research (CBPR). 

All faculty at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply as principal investigators. We welcome proposals from basic, clinical and social scientists. Proposals are submitted electronically through Competition Space

For complete information on the eligibility requirements and application guidelines, please select the approach that most closely aligns with the proposed research project:

  • Collaborative Research: Research that involves the input and participation of partners (e.g. patients, families, clinicians, community members, community-based organizations) in some aspects of the research process.

Learn more about the current funding opportunities during one of MICHR's pilot grant information sessions being offered on July 29, August 4, and August 8.  Click here to register.


Community-University Partnership Seed (CUPS) Grant (up to $5,000)

The MICHR Pilot Grant Program is currently restructuring the seed grant mechanisms. The following opportunities will be closed as of July 31, 2016. More information will be announced here as it is available.

PGP Seed Grant (Maximum award $5,000)

Translational Technology Seed Grant (Maximum award $10,000)

For more information, contact:
Kate Althouse, Pilot Grant Program Manager

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