Clinical Research Development Fund


Nebraska Medicine in partnership with the UNMC College of Medicine and the Center for Clinical & Translational Research has established the Clinical and Translational Research Support Fund, a mechanism to support Pilot Grants in clinical and translational research.  The CCTR Pilot grant program is intended for investigator initiated research that is either leading to or supported by an extramural grant.


UNMC faculty who need to obtain preliminary data for extramural research applications or who have budget shortfalls for extramurally funded clinical trials are eligible to apply for this program.


The amount varies.  Budget justification for items/services requested are required.

Application Due Date(s)

(3) weeks prior to the monthly Review Committee meeting.  (CTR Review Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month)

Application and Submission Information

It is important that applicants follow the instructions in the Instructions to Investigators guide when completing the Pilot Grant Application.  The completed application and all supplemental documents required should be submitted to the Pilot Grant Review Committee, email .  

If you have questions or need assistance with the application, including determining hospital or professional charges, call either Serena Gaines (9-5417) or Katie Penas (2-6601).


The Pilot Grant Program is a write-off fund that allows the investigator to waive hospital-based costs of clinical and translational research, such as laboratory or radiologic tests, hospital bed costs or other hospital based services.  Pilot Grant funds cannot be used for marketing, patient recruitment costs, or non-hospital testing such as send-out tests.


Pilot Grants are reviewed by the Clinical & Translational Research Review Committee for scientific merit, relevance and feasibility.  The committee meets the second Tuesday of the month.