Pilot Project Funding & Project Overview

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BUILD EXITO Pilot Projects are instrumental in achieving our goal of engaging underrepresented students in research projects.  Faculty at any BUILD EXITO institution can apply for funding to conduct research that will be completed within one year. In addition to giving students opportunities to work on research projects, and to assist in the production of papers and proposals, these funds are ‘seed money’ for faculty to build their careers through projects that could lead to future funded research. Faculty also receive support through the Pilot Project mechanism in preparing an R03-type proposal, in understanding the parts of a biomedical proposal, in designing a fundable research question, in responding to reviewers comments, and through the opportunity to gather preliminary data for future research projects. 

Any biomedical research is relevant for this mechanism—basic science, translational medicine, clinical medicine, social science research, population health, and other elated fields are of interest. Pilot Projects can include feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data, small, self-contained research projects, or projects to develop new research methodologies or technology.

The Fourth BUILD EXITO RFA was released May 1st!

BUILD EXITO has released its 4th Request for Applications (RFA). Key dates and eligibility criteria are detailed in the RFA, available at the bel link. The Pilot Project Program supports the development of research capacity for students, faculty, and the institution by enabling faculty to gain experience in writing an NIH application, offering workshops on grant development, and providing faculty with opportunities to gather preliminary data for future research projects. Faculty may apply for up to $25,000 in Pilot Project Funding for projects including (but not limited to) feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data, small, self-contained research projects, and projects that will develop a research methodology. Preliminary data are not required; projects must be completed in one year. Letters of intent are due by 6/15/20 and full applications are due by 9/15/20. BUILD EXITO's goals include engaging underrepresented faculty in research, both as a means to diversify the current biomedical research workforce and as a means to support underrepresented students who wish to enter biomedical research by providing these students with mentors and research role models who can support them.

For more information, view the full RFA here.

Please send additional questions to Leslie Bienen at lbienen@pdx.edu.