Pilot Funding

The funding programs offered by the CTSI Pilot Funding Core provide researchers at the University of Pittsburgh the necessary financial support to begin to translate innovative ideas into impactful research. Our funding programs offer investigators the opportunity to collect preliminary data that can then inform the design of future studies. By designing funding programs around specific areas of research, the Pilot Funding Core encourages investigators to expand their work into new and vital fields.

Active Programs

Biomedical Modeling Pilots

Offered by the Biomedical Modeling Core, these pilots support collaborative research from translational scientists and computational modelers.


CRISP: CTSI's Research Initiative for Special Populations

CRISP was developed with the Engaging Special Populations Core to stimulate research that addresses relevant clinical problems for populations that are underrepresented in biomedical research.


QuMP: Quantitative Methodologies Pilots

The Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core sponsors QuMP to encourage the development of new data analytic methodologies.


REAL: REsearch Across the Lifespan

The Engaging Special Populations Core uses the REAL pilots to promote research that examines changes in biological and psychosocial mechanisms across the entire human lifespan.


SPIRiT: Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation

The SPIRiT (Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation) pilots are open to research teams that include collaborators from at least two sites in the SPIRiT Consortium: Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University.



The WORDOUT program from the Community PARTners Core seeks to engage with community organizations to share information about research results.


DISPA: Dissemination and Implementation Science Pilot Award

The DISPA program supports new or ongoing research that focuses on using dissemination and implementation research methods to support the adoption, implementation, or maintenance of an evidence-based practice or program.


Exploring Existing Data Resources Pilot

The Exploring Existing Data Resources Pilot program stimulates exploration, novel analyses, or novel applications of the many biorepositories and data collections that are already available.


If you received services through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) that contributed to the scientific knowledge disseminated in publications, please acknowledge CTSI with the following citation:

The project described was supported by the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number UL1TR001857. 

Team & Contact Info

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Clifton Callaway
Director, Pilot Funding Core
Phone: 412-647-6999
E-mail: callawaycw@upmc.edu
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Aleks Zivic
Administrator, Pilot Funding Core
E-mail: abz17@pitt.edu
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For general questions, contact us at
E-mail: ctsipilots@pitt.edu