ITHS Small Pilot Project Grant

The ITHS is pleased to announce the availability of modest pilot grants. Grants are designed to assist investigators in obtaining preliminary findings, testing “proof of concept,” or conducting other research activities designed to prepare and support competitive, full-scale grant applications.

Applications will be considered that address any aspect of translational health science. Examples of the projects include:

  • Development of a serum-based test to diagnose colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis.
  • Novel bioinformatics systems for analyzing proteomic data
  • Testing community-based translation- and dissemination models for efficacious obesity-prevention programs.
  • Identification of barriers to, and facilitators of the conduct of clinical/translational research, ranging from aspects of the research process itself to factors that influence individuals’ willingness to participate in clinical trials.

Technology Access / Core Service information:

  • Up to $10,000 per accepted applicant will be directly applied to the costs of the ITHS-approved facility core, shared resource or cost center.
  • The ITHS will pay the service provider directly.

Projects are one year in length, with a maximum 6-month no-cost extension possible but not guaranteed. Direct costs of $10,000 may be requested, with exceptions noted below.  

**Note** Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s have agreed to consider requests for indirect cost waivers for ITHS pilot awards from their faculty. Details will be on the full application.

  1. Special pilot funding ($20,000) for projects on sleep-wake disturbances in individuals with chronic illness

    The University of Washington School of Nursing Center for Research on the Shared Management of Sleep Disorders (CRMSD), in collaboration with the ITHS, will fund one-year pilot research projects related to sleep-wake disturbances in individuals with chronic illness.  Applications can be from investigators in the Puget Sound region, and should be designed to obtain preliminary data that will serve as the basis for a major external grant application.  A total of $20,000 direct costs will be available for one pilot project award for a period of one year. Preference will be given to junior  investigators and senior investigators moving into the area of sleep research.  This funding opportunity is limited to investigators in the Puget Sound region.

    Sleep Study Applications do NOT require a Pre-Application. Full applications are due on March 16, 2012.

  2. Apply for funds PLUS ITHS core services (or core services alone)

In addition to (or in place of) requesting $10,000 for a small pilot, or in addition to requesting $20,000 for a sleep & chronic illness pilot, you may request additional funding in the form of one or more of the specific ITHS services listed below:





Regulatory Support & Bioethics

Research Coordinator Support:  assist with Contact Marilynn Rothen for pricing

Nutrition & Body Composition services

All research services

Discount of 50%; waive start-up fee

Contact Holly Callahan for pricing

Center for Clinical Genomics

Research services

Contact Roger Bumgarner

Contact Roger Bumgarner

Group Health Research Institute

Research services

Working with Group Health


Working with Group Health


Community Outreach & Research Translation

Consultation, methods, statistical, and grant-writing assistance for those wanting to work in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and in community practices:  mentoring by the ITHS Tribal Liaison of academic investigators in bidirectional, community-led research projects with American-Indian/Alaska  Native tribes and organizations;  assistance to communities and academic researchers with crafting research Memorandums of Understanding and Tribal Resolutions; consultations to Tribal communities on establishing research 

Contact Leah Tuzzio

Contact Leah Tuzzio


Pediatric Clinical Research Center (Seattle Children’s)

In-kind support with priority for New Investigators (ITHS Scholars, K-awardees, Assistant Professors or below who do not have NIH R21 or R01 funding)

Waive $1500 start-up costs for New Investigators or 25% for senior investigators; 5% CRA support; 25% subsidy for PCRP visits plus additional 25% subsidy if member of Seattle Children’s  CCTR

Contact Gloria Venegas