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Research Funding Opportunities

Pilot Project Grants

are one-year competitive cash awards ($30,000) to obtain preliminary data. Funding priority is given to junior faculty members. Two award categories are offered: Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Projects; and Life Course Research Pilot Projects. Calls for proposals occur at least annually. Click here for more information

Community Engagement Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grants

are small competitive grants ($15,000 for one year) intended to support community-based research by strengthening collaborative partnerships between the university and local communities. These funds are to be used for the development of new projects. Calls for proposals occur annually. Click here for more information

Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM)

is a collaboration between UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) and the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM). GEM projects identify clinical challenges for which engineering solutions can be developed and implemented to improve health care ($50,000 to $100,000 for up to 18 months). These competitive awards are intended to leverage UC San Diego's strengths in clinical care and engineering. Calls for proposals occur at least annually. Click here for more information

A description of the currently awarded pilot projects for 2018 can be found here. To view a list of past awardees, click here.

Murray Stein

Murray Stein, MD
Director of ACTRI Pilot Project Funding 
Phone: (858) 534-6451

Deborah Spector, PhD

Deborah Spector, PhD
Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine Program
Phone: (858) 822-4003

Shelia Broyles, PhD

Shelia Broyles, PhD
Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grants
Phone: (619) 681-0664