NOW OPEN: 2021/2022 CTSI Pilot Awards

RFA now open from CTSI's Translational Pilot Program!

August 16, 2021

Laboratory Researcher The 2021/2022 CTSI Pilot Awards are now open. There are two separate RFAs; Basic/Translational Science and Clinical/Population Health Science. These awards are open to all faculty with a rank of instructor or higher across the Atrium Health Enterprise including Atrium Health, Atrium Health Navicent, and Wake Forest Baptist, including Wake Forest School of Medicine. Wake Forest University faculty and all CTSI affiliated institutions with a Wake Forest co-investigator are also invited to apply.

Successful pilots will received up to $40,000 in direct costs. Between the Basic/Translational RFA and the Clinical/Population Pilot RFA, up to ten projects will be funded. Of those, up to two projects from the Charlotte or Macon region and up to eight projects from the Winston-Salem region will be funded.

Note that the Center for Biomedical Informatics (WFBMI) is offering a $10,000 bonus for one of the pilot awards if the proposed project involves informatics researchers, techniques and methods. This bonus will be awarded to one pilot proposal evaluated as meritorious by CTSI Administrators, the IRSC and additional review by the leadership of the Wake Forest Center for Biomedical Informatics (the resulting pilot award will be in the amount of up to $50,000).

The CTSI Pilot Awards support high impact pilot projects that help catalyze translation of discoveries to treatments or the delivery of care. The ultimate aim of this program is to make research investments that maximize healthcare value and improve health. The immediate aim is to allow investigators to develop, test, or disseminate novel approaches to a translational research question and obtain preliminary data in support of larger follow-up investigations. Consistent with NCATS missions, project should help catalyze translation of discoveries to treatments or the delivery of care.

Download the RFA documents below!


Basic/Translational Science   Clinical/Population Health Science


Below are the deadlines and dates for the upcoming round of CTSI Pilot Awards.

Date Event
10/15/2021 LOI Deadline
11/12/2021 Invite for Full Application
12/15/2021 Full Application Due
03/09/2022 Funding Decisions Communicated to Applicants
07/01/2022 Project Start Date

For questions, please contact Brittney Jackson at

Learn more about our CTSA grant-funded Translational Pilot Program or see our infographic spotlight!