Image-Guided Neuromodulation Pilot Award

This service is provided by the Pilot and Collaborative Studies Resource (PCSR) and is offered in partnership with The New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)/Columbia Psychiatry and Columbia Engineering, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)


The Imaging Pilot Award supports innovative imaging studies in animals or human subjects with relevance to medical illness and therapeutic development. The award enables investigators to obtain pilot data that will lead to independent, external funding and publication.

Current Focus

The current cycle’s focus is Image-Guided Neuromodulation

The Image-Guided Neuromodulation Pilot Award program supports innovative studies aiming to modify the nervous system using emerging technologies and techniques that could spawn innovation and improve clinical care, with priority given to projects involving imaging studies.

The award provides funding to studies in areas including, but not limited to, substance use disorders, pain management, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Proposed projects should lead to independent, external funding and publication. This pilot award prioritizes early career investigators.

  • Duration: One year
  • Award amount: $45,000
  • Number of awards: Up to four awards per year

See a list of current and past Imaging Pilot Award recipients.


  • Principal Investigator(s) must have a faculty appointment at Columbia University of Assistant Professor (clinical or tenure track) or above.
  • Faculty investigators at all levels are eligible; Early career investigators (e.g., Assistant Professors) will be prioritized.
  • Applications must include investigators with a primary appointment in SEAS and/or investigators with a primary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.
  • The following faculty collaborations are eligible for this pilot award:
    • SEAS and Psychiatry — highly encouraged
    • SEAS and other Columbia Schools/Departments
    • Psychiatry and other Columbia Schools/Departments
  • Although senior leaders and Resource directors of the Irving Institute may be consulted during the preparation of the application, they should not be included as co-investigators or collaborators.
  • During each application cycle, only one submission is permitted per principal investigator. Principal investigators may be listed as co-investigators or consultants on other applications.

Special consideration will be given to projects that include research plans reflecting alignment with the Columbia University and Irving Institute commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.


The application cycle is closed. Applications will be accepted in Summer/Fall 2022.

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

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