2024 CTSI Pilot RFAs Now Open

September 5, 2023

The 2024 CTSI Pilot Awards are now open. The CTSI Pilot Program has two (2) distinct RFAs: Clinical and Translational Science and Translational Research.


The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) RFA is to support new and innovative research projects relevant to CTS. These pilot projects must be focused on advancing translational science and not just be translational in nature. More information and resources about translational science can be found on the CTSI Pilot Program webpage and in the RFA.


The Translational Research RFA is to support high impact pilot projects that help catalyze translation of discoveries to treatments or the delivery of care. Pilot award categories for this RFA include Basic Research, Preclinical Research, Clinical Research, Clinical Implementation and Public Health. More information can be found in the RFA.



These awards are open to investigators with faculty rank across the Southeast region of Advocate Health. The CTSI will allow a Co-PI structure if both PIs have expertise relevant to the project with distinct contributions to its design and implementation. Non-Faculty Researchers (allied health disciplines) may serve as a Co-PI with a traditional faculty researcher. For projects focused on Community-Engaged Research that intend to have a community representative serve as a Co-PI, the community-representative must work for a non-profit community organization or local government agency that serves the community within the Southeast Region of Advocate Health.



Successful pilots will receive up to $40,000 in direct costs. 

For the CTS RFA only, projects that include one or more of the following criteria will receive an increased award up to $50,000 in direct costs.

  1. Investigators from multiple regions and/or markets within the health system;
  2. Community partners as collaborators and/or project leaders;
  3. Demonstrates substantive contribution from the community partner (e.g., funds support community partner activities and roles). 

Supplements to these awards are being offered by the Center for Biomedical Informatics (WFBMI) and the Perioperative Outcomes and Informatics Collaborative (POIC). Details are listed in the RFA.


Important Dates to Remember




 09/05/2023, 12-1 p.m.  CTSI Pilot Program Showcase
 10/13/23, 11:59 p.m.  Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline
 11/14/23  Investigators Invited for Full Application
 12/13/23, 11:59 p.m.  Full Application Deadline
 07/01/24  Project Start Date