Pilot and Collaborative

The principal objective of the Pilot and Collaborative key function is to overcome impediments to biomedical innovation by encouraging novel translational research across institutions and disciplines, and between basic and clinical scientists and the community. The program builds on a legacy of pilot studies and longstanding collaboration among our partner institutions to create further opportunities for productive research partnerships within the CTSC. Projects can be of all sizes and involve investigators at all levels.

The specific aims of this key function are to: 1) Provide opportunities for innovation, and inter-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration with an emphasis on bridging the divisions between basic and clinical scientists; 2) Use existing sources of support and cultivate new ones for pilot studies; and 3) Identify the outstanding mentoring skills of faculty from the participating institutions to maximize encouragement and development of junior translational scientists' careers.


Promote inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional team research that brings innovation to the patient bedside and best practices to the community.

Pilot and Collaborative Funding

Ensure the development and funding of innovative pilot projects related to clinical and translational research.


Maximize the development and opportunities for junior investigators.