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Pilot & Feasibility Funding

Chicago CDTR Grant Eligibility

The Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) Pilot & Feasibility Program supports new areas of inquiry in diabetes translation research, with a special focus on improving the care and outcomes of vulnerable populations. We prioritize funding for applications from grantees who:

  1. Test novel interventions in health equity, dissemination and implementation;
  2. Bring unique perspectives to diabetes research through nontraditional fields of expertise; and
  3. Identify as an underrepresented minority and/or engage with stakeholders or community organizations that are served and/or led by underrepresented minorities.

Funding Opportunities for Diabetes Translation Research

We are currently accepting applications for Pilot and Feasibility grants. The application deadline is Monday, November 6th 2023. Please visit NU Competitions to review the RFA for full details and to apply.

 Pilot Grants
Provide up to $50,000 in direct costs for one year to support the development of a new research project.

We host recurring competitions for pilot and feasibility funding to support investigators who are:

  • New investigators without current or past NIH research support;
  • Established investigators who have not previously worked in diabetes-related areas; or
  • Established investigators who already work in diabetes-related areas but are proposing to test the feasibility of an innovative idea in diabetes-related translational research distinctly different from their prior research.

Funds are typically used to facilitate early-stage work, such as the collection of pilot data, but proposals should include a plan for sustaining the work beyond the pilot grant. Funds may be requested for personnel, supplies, services and other costs.

 Mini Grants
Provide up to $5,000 in direct costs for one year.

Our mini-grant opportunities are designed to support the following types of activities:

  • Advancing new collaborations among academic investigators and community stakeholders from the public or private sector to improve health equity in diabetes prevention and treatment
  • Gathering small amounts of preliminary data
  • Disseminating findings or other research resources in ways that can advance diabetes-related health equity

Apply for Grant Funding

For more information on overall program considerations, application requirements and budget guidelines for the Chicago CDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program, please review the current Request for Application.
Request for Application

Grant Awardees

Our funding results in diabetes-related projects for investigators across disciplines and institutions. Browse through our current and past awardees to understand the types of projects we support.
View Grant Awardees
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Contact Us

Pilot & Feasibility Program Co-Director


Amisha Wallia, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine & Preventive Medicine,
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Pilot & Feasibility Program Co-Director


Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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