Find Pilot Funding
Browse or search below to find opportunities for pilot or seed grant funding at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This page is curated and managed by the Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute. Please email Roger Anderson to add an opportunity.
Advancement of Diabetes Translational Research Pilot & Feasibility Program
Provides seed support for new and innovative diabetes translational research and aims to enhance community engagement and dissemination of diabetes translational research.
C-STAR will fund four projects per year. Each project may receive up to $25,000 in direct costs that must be expended within 12-months of study start date. Awardees will also receive mentorship from top leaders in engineering, clinical, outcomes and implementation science research.
Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities Pilot/Exploratory Grant
Provides funding for pilot/exploratory projects that explore an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health or healthcare policy.
Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) Seed Grants
Supports the development of partnerships and projects that engage communities and stakeholders most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration.
Center for Translational Pain Research Pilot Project Funding
Offers competitive funding for clinical and basic science pilot projects related to chronic pain and drug abuse.
Third Coast CFAR pilot awards are intended for preliminary studies in HIV-related basic, clinical, social, or behavioral research that will lead to new NIH grant submissions.
DeviSci Pilot Research Initiative
Supports pilot work and collaborative efforts to enhance the competitiveness of extramural grant submissions in the developmental sciences.
Dixon Translational Research Grants
Seeks proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations to accelerate the identification and implementation of new treatments.
Ethics & Artificial Intelligence Research Grant
Provides funding for pilot/exploratory projects that explore bioethics problems associated with any type of artificial intelligence in healthcare.
Genomics Network (GeNe) Pilot Funding
Builds on the rich resources and collaborative culture of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie) to accelerate outstanding innovative projects in clinical genetics and genomics to improve patient health and quality of life.
Global Health Project Award Funding for Faculty
Provides support to Northwestern faculty for non-research projects, including, but not limited to, events, education, community engagement or implementation projects.
Global Innovation Challenge Funding
Encourage exploratory and cutting-edge research by providing support for early and conceptual stages of project development geared towards addressing healthcare needs worldwide.
H Foundation NCI Stimulus Awards
Provides support for faculty who have either submitted and received a score on an RO1 grant to the NCI for the first time in their career or have submitted a competing renewal of NCI-sponsored R01 research that missed the payline.
Provides recipients the lab services to develop a single, small proof-of-concept physical model.
Joseph & Dorothy Giddan Child Health Medical Research Grants
Seeking proposals for highly innovative, lab-based basic or lab-based translational research projects that expand the knowledgebase in the field of child health.
Lou & Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute
The institute receives charitable funding to support brain and spine tumor-related research and projects aimed at improving the care and well-being of its patients.
Lurie Cancer Center Funds for Investigator-Initiated Clinical/Translational Studies
Supports innovative, investigator-initiated trials and novel translational research that may serve as the foundation for larger, nationally funded studies.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Development Projects
Supports two years of funding for development projects in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease research. Proposed research projects must be relevant to clinical or basic research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, or cognitive aging.
Multi-Investigator Seed Grants
Provides seed funding for application preparation to initiate new multi-investigator program project or center grant applications.
An initiative to help less-established investigators jump-start unfunded research projects by providing feasibility or early pilot data so they may seek sustained funding.
Northwestern Medicine Clinical Innovation Awards
The Northwestern Medicine (NM) Clinical Innovation Awards Initiative is seeking proposals that advance translational research projects or support early, novel scientific ideas that have the potential to transform the practice of medicine. Applicants should propose projects that challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice, explore innovative hypotheses, and/or address critical barriers to progress.
Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) Seed Grants
Supports partnerships between university scientists and their primary care partners who are working to address an issue of importance to primary care
NU GoKidney Pilot & Feasibility Grants Program
Supports cross-disciplinary translational research for the identification and successful implementation of novel therapeutics for kidney disease.
Designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work.
Offers pilot project awards to support aging-related research.
Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute Research Award
Aims to increase understanding of urologic cancers and enable novel approaches to the prevention, detection and treatment of these cancers.
Radiology Pilot Research Grant Program
Designed to fund research in areas important to the advancement of radiology and patient care within the department.
The purpose of the Global Health Research Catalyzer grant is to provide research support to Northwestern faculty who are a) collecting preliminary data to support a future grant submission and/or b) supplemental support for ongoing sponsored research for work outside the aims and/or scope of work of the funded project.
Skin Biology & Diseases Resource-Based Center Pilot & Feasibility Program
Four grants are given each year to support research related to skin biology.
Sleep & Circadian Kickstarter Grant
Encourages interdisciplinary research in sleep and circadian rhythms within Northwestern University.
Sylvia Wolff Research Grant Fund
Fosters research that will advance the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Established to foster innovative, high-impact research and to support translation of this research into clinical advancements.
Translational Science Pilot Awards
Seeking proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary pilot projects that will advance Translational Science and are aligned with one of two priority areas: Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) or Dissemination and Implementation (D&I).