The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports a wide range of research efforts at the University of Pittsburgh through a diverse portfolio of funding opportunities or maybe more. 

Open Application Period

Applications are being accepted for the following funding opportunities.

WORDOUT Community Research Dissemination Challenge

The WORDOUT Community Research Dissemination Challenge is an exciting opportunity for community organizations to offer ideas for getting the “word out” about the latest in research dissemination. The 2019 cycle of WORDOUT matches researchers at the University of Pittsburgh with community organizations to think about creative ways to disseminate research.


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by 4:00PM

Funding: Up to $5,000 per award

CTSI Core: Community

Closed Application Period

The application period for the following funding opportunities is closed.

Biomedical Modeling Pilot Awards

Are you developing an idea for a research project that uses predictive or computational modeling to improve knowledge of health, medicine, and disease? You may be eligible for funding through CTSI’s Biomedical Modeling Pilot Awards. These awards provide pilot funding of up to $25,000 for transdisciplinary collaborations that unite quantitative modeling with clinical and translational research. Applications are now being accepted. Submit your proposal before midnight on Friday, July 19.


Funding: Up to $25,000 per award

CTSI Core: Biomedical Modeling

CRISP: CTSI’s Research Initiative for Special Populations

CRISP (CTSI’s Research Initiative for Special Populations) is a funding opportunity sponsored by CTSI’s Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Core. CRISP offers funding of up to $25,000 to support research initiatives that work with groups that are frequently underrepresented in research. The principal investigator (PI) must be a faculty member at Pitt.

For the 2019 funding cycle, additional bonus funding of $5,000 may be awarded for applications that demonstrate a meaningful partnership with a community organization representing the special population of interest designated in the proposal.


Funding: Up to $25,000 per award

CTSI Core: Special Populations

REAL (REsearch Across the Lifespan) Pilot Awards

The REAL (REsearch Across the Lifespan) pilot awards are sponsored by the Special Populations Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). This funding opportunity is designed to encourage new research addressing how biological processes, clinical problems, response to therapy, or other health-relevant phenomena change or evolve during the human lifespan. To be responsive to this opportunity, projects must include or compare two or more of the following groups: fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, young adults, middle-age adults, and older adults.

For the 2018/2019 cycle of REAL, submission that include an epigenomic component will be eligible to receive an additional $5,000 bonus award (up to $30,000 total).


Funding: Up to $25,000 per award

CTSI Core: Special Populations

Quantitative Methodologies Pilot Program (QuMP)

The Quantitative Methodologies Pilot Program (QuMP) is a funding opportunity that supports interdisciplinary, translational research involving quantitative methodologies, such as statistics, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The QuMP Program specifically aims to encourage and support novel applications of quantitative methodologies, either through the novel use of existing methodologies, or through the development of entirely new quantitative methodologies.


Funding: Up to $10,000 per award

CTSI Core: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design

The Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh)

What is your idea to solve an important health-related problem? The Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh®) 2019 is seeking your bold solution to an important health problem. 

The Pitt Innovation Challenge is designed to generate innovative solutions to challenging health problems. The CTSI created the PInCh competition in order to stimulate the translation of novel problem-focused research into the community by giving researchers a venue to be creative, develop new ideas, and work with people beyond their usual sphere of collaborators.


Funding: Up to $555,000 in total awards

CTSI Core: Innovation

The Pain Research Challenge

The Pain Research Challenge is a funding opportunity for ideas and solutions associated with both physiological and psychological pain. Research solutions can address the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and treatment to prevent and/or mitigate pain. Solutions should address a specific problem in the area(s) of pain including mechanism, treatments, modalities, and impacts of acute and chronic pain. 


Funding: Up to $150,000 in total awards

CTSI Core: Innovation


SPIRiT, the Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation, is pleased to announce a new funding program that supports pilot research projects representing collaborations between investigators from at least two of the SPIRiT sites. The SPIRiT Consortium members supporting this program include Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University – all members of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. The investigator(s) from each of the participating sites must have a significant, defined role in the research project. Although the participating investigators may have collaborated in the past, the research project proposed must be novel and not part of an ongoing project. In other words, the proposed research must represent a new collaboration between investigators from at least two (2) SPIRiT sites OR a new project conducted by existing collaborators from at least two (2) SPIRiT sites. Proposed projects may address any aspect of clinical and translational science.


Funding: Up to $25,000 per award, per site

CTSI Core: Pilot

Pilot Program for Human-Centered Design

The CTSI Innovation Core is currently offering campus investigators the opportunity to participate in a unique professional development program aimed at providing biomedical researchers with foundational skills in the discipline of Human-Centered Design. This opportunity is for early career investigators at the University of Pittsburgh  working at all stages of the translational spectrum. 


CTSI Core: Innovation Core