Timeline for Applicants

  1. Call for Applicants
  2. Preliminary Application
  3. Full Application

Proposals to the Pilot Project Program should focus primarily on health disparities.

Application to the program requires:

  1. Submission and pre-approval of a preliminary application and Specific Aims of the proposed study.
    1. With your preliminary application information, we are requesting a draft of your Specific Aims so that we can ensure that your topic is in line with the program and that your aims are focused. Please note that the information in your Specific Aims is tentative, and we expect that your aims and design may evolve as you work on your proposal. Please prepare Specific Aims according to the following instructions:
      1. 1 page limit.
      2. Content: State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will have on the research field(s) involved. List succinctly the specific objectives of the research proposed (e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology). Please see click here to see an example Specific Aims page from a funded National Cancer Institute R21 grant.
  2. Attendance to a pilot grant development workshop series (five sessions during Fall 2019 semester; Dates posted below.)
  3. Submission of full grant proposal.

If you have any questions regarding the Pilot Grant Program application process, please contact sofernan@fiu.edu.

Workshop Series Fall 2019

Our workshop series is designed to aid applicants in submitting their RCMI Pilot grant application as well as provide an intensive training on how to write and submit a successful NIH application. 

If interested in viewing previous seminars, please click here.


Session 1: Grant Sections Overview and Review Criteria

Presenter: Dr. Mary Jo Trepka

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Time: 10am-11:30am

Location: WC-130

  • Develop an in depth understanding of NIH application and review process.
  • Develop an in depth understanding of RCMI review criteria for application process.

Session 2: Research Strategy: Significance, Innovation and Scientific Premise

Presenter: Dr. Eric Wagner

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Location: WC-130 

  • Develop an understanding of how to clearly convey significance and scientific premise.
  • Identify strategies to convincingly demonstrate innovation.
  • Understand the differences between innovation and premise and significance and impact.

Session 3: Tips of Strengthening the Approach

Presenter: Dr. Zoran Bursac

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: WC-130

  • Develop strategies to convincingly demonstrate the rigor of the approach
  • Identify critical elements that should be included in the approach
  • Understand how to prepare an analytic plan
  • Identify necessary elements to conduct a power analysis

Session 4: Developing a Project Timeline, Budget, and Budget Justification

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Hospital

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: WC-130

  • Develop an understanding of how to design a feasible project timeline.
  • Develop an understanding of how to design a study within budget constraints.
  • Identify what to/ not to include in a successful NIH budget.
  • Understand how to prepare budget for application using ORED forms.

Session 5: Writing the BioSketch and Addressing Human Subject Protections and Data Safety and Monitoring Plans

Presenter: Dr. Mary Jo Trepka

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: WC-130

  • Develop an understanding of how to write a biosketch that complements your proposal.
  • Identify what to include in a comprehensive human subjects section.
  • Develop an understanding of balancing risks and benefits of study.