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CORES CTSA Interinstitutional Pilot Project Award

December 17, 2020

By Marion During

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The Consortium of Rural States (CORES) Research Collaborative will be releasing its next inter-institutional pilot award RFA on January 11, 2021. It is anticipated that funds up to $25,000 (direct costs only) per award per participating institution may be available for these collaborative projects.

The Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Awards promote collaboration across the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve three or more of the six CTSA institutions that make up the CORES Research Collaborative: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center; University of Kansas Medical Center; University of Kentucky; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; University of Iowa; and the University of Utah Health.

In accordance with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) strategic plan and its commitment to increasing representation in research, funding priority for this RFA will be given to research which addresses issues of disparities either because of rurality or underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. These groups include:

  • Ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information and expanded definitions, please see the NIH's statement on Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical Behavioral and Social Science Enterprise.

Involvement of these groups is not a requirement for funding, but projects which address health concerns that disproportionately affect one or more of these groups, or projects that seek to apply or test general treatments to one of more of these groups are preferred.

Interested investigators are encouraged to begin thinking about possible collaborations with colleagues at other CORES institutions. Projects must include collaborations from at least three of the participating sites. Projects must be approved at each participating institution in order to qualify for funding.

Because each institution participating in this program decides how much funding will be devoted to the program, the amount of funding available may vary depending on the institutions of the investigators involved in a proposal.

Applications from all faculty members - senior as well as junior investigators - must exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research to promote and support the "bench to bedside to community and practice and back" goal of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The translational science spectrum represents each stage of research along the path from the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. The spectrum is not linear or unidirectional; each stage builds upon and informs the others.
At all stages of the spectrum, NCATS develops new approaches, demonstrates their usefulness and disseminates the findings. Patient involvement is a critical feature of all stages in translation. Purely non-human animal research does not qualify for funding under this program.

If you have questions regarding the CORES CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award, please contact Jen Baker, Frontiers Administrative Director, at

Last modified: Jul 12, 2021