Bench to Bedside Pilot Award

This service is provided by the Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR).


The Bench to Bedside Pilot Award supports multidisciplinary research by offering awards for new collaborations between researchers from basic science departments and clinical/translational investigators.

Research focus should be on pilot studies that will lead to independent, external funding. The project will be focused at the preclinical level, with relevance to a clinical problem. The goal of the award is to bring clinical focus and experience to the preclinical research, i.e. to ensure that the cell or animal model is appropriate; that the target molecule is specific; and that the preclinical approach has potential for significant translation to humans.

Applicants to Bench to Bedside Pilot Award are required to form a new collaborative team consisting of two principal investigators at the assistant professor level: one from a basic science department, and one from a clinical department. These awards are not intended to supplement or overlap with ongoing funded research, nor are they meant to support research teams already in existence.

See a list of current and past Bench to Bedside pilot award recipients

  • Duration: One year
  • Award amount: $40,000
  • Number of awards: Approximately two per year


The basic science principal investigator (PI) must hold an assistant professor appointment at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in one of the following departments:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
  • Genetics and Development
  • Neuroscience

Assistant professors in departments at the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, such as the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Chemistry, or the Department of Biology, are also eligible.

The basic science PI may choose a clinical researcher from the medical center for the role of the clinical PI. The new collaborative team may not have produced any publications together nor shared research funding in the past.

Potential collaborators can be searched by keyword or by name through Columbia University Scientific Profiles (CUSP).

It is strongly recommended that interested applicants schedule a pilot funding eligibility consultation before beginning the application process.


This program is currently not accepting applications.

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