Pilot Program

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.


Key information about the pilot program is as follows:


The Pilot Studies program awards approximately 4 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 June 1st of each fiscal year.


Pilot Program Outcomes

A total of 22 Pilot Studies have been awarded.


A total of $1.1 million has been awarded.


Applications have spanned across multiple FIU colleges and departments.


Funded Scholars

Get to know our funded scholars for the Pilot Grant Program.

Interested Applicants

Details on how to apply for funding from the 2023-2024 Pilot Program with upcoming deadlines as well as schedule of training seminars.


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