Pilot Studies

The purpose of this program is to develop research opportunities for a group of early stage investigators at FIU, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, who are committed to conducting research on health disparities and to achieve the goal of successfully competing for peer-reviewed grant funding (e.g., R21, R01). Aligned with this goal, the Pilot Grant Program provides a pilot project and mentoring program to assist promising junior investigators in career development, with a focus on obtaining pilot data and publications in preparation for external peer-reviewed grant funding.

5 Awards

The Pilot Studies program awards approximately 5 awards each  year.



Each project is awarded up to $50,000 in research funding.



Pilot projects are conducted over a 1 year funding period. 



Projects are scheduled to start on July 1st of each fiscal year.


Funded Scholars

Meet our funded scholars for the 2018-2019 pilot grant program. 

Current Applicants

View upcoming seminars for applicants to the 2019 – 2020 pilot grant program.

Interested Applicants

Request information regarding our pilot grant program and see upcoming deadlines.