Columbia Precision Medicine Joint Pilot Grants Program

This service is provided by the Precision Medicine Resource (PMR) in collaboration with the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.


The Precision Medicine Pilot Awards fund one-year pilot studies in precision medicine. Studies must be relevant to advancing precision medicine basic science, pre-clinical/clinical approaches to tailor medical care (prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment) to the individual patient, and/or precision cancer research.

Example areas include, but are not limited to, disease mechanism studies, stem cell biology, genomic data, biomarkers, aggregated clinical/environmental data and/or patient-reported data to develop personalized medical care, decision support tools, new methods of working with precision medicine data and its integration with electronic health records, and new individualized approaches to effectively educate and communicate with patients.

These pilot grants are intended to support feasibility studies at Columbia that will establish a basis for applying for further research funding. As such, pilot grants are intended to generate preliminary data required to produce competitive grant applications to outside funders.

  • Duration: One year
  • Award amount: $100,000 
  • Number of awards: Up to five per year

See a list of current and past Precision Medicine pilot award recipients.


  • Applicants must have a full-time Columbia University/Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty appointment at the rank of an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor.
  • NY State Psychiatric Institute faculty members who do not have a full-time faculty appointment at CU/CUIMC are eligible to apply as co-PIs; they can also be listed as co-investigators or consultants.
  • Preference will be given to applications from early- and mid-career investigators.
  • Applications with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach involving several departments or schools will be viewed favorably.
  • Collaborations between Morningside, Manhattanville, and Irving Medical Center campuses are encouraged.
  • Each team is limited to six (6) members.
  • Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are eligible to submit only one application as PIs or co-PIs per award cycle, but they could be listed as co-investigators/consultants on multiple applications.
  • Faculty who have received Precision Medicine pilot award funding from CPMI, HICCC, and the Irving Institute as PIs and/or co-PIs within the last 3 years are not eligible to apply as PIs and/or co-PIs in this cycle, but they could be listed as co-investigators/consultants on applications.
  • External investigators (non-Columbia/non-NYSPI affiliates) could be listed on applications as consultants (paid or unpaid; if paid, compensation details should be included in the budget)


The application cycle is now closed. Applications will be accepted again in Fall 2022.


For any questions about the application process, please email

For any questions about the scientific content and eligibility, please contact specific group:

Basic/fundamental precision medicine research - Dr. Melanie Brazil
Chief of Staff
Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative

Pre-clinical and clinical precision medicine research 
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Cancer precision medicine research - Dr. Tanisha Jackson
Assistant Director
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

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  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
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