Integrating Special Populations Pilot Award

This service is provided by the Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Resource.


The Integrating Special Populations Pilot Award provides funding opportunities for research focused on four special populations:

  • Pediatrics (infants, children, and young adults)
  • Geriatrics (≥ 65 years)
  • Rare diseases (NIH defines rare disease as one that affects <200,000 people in the US or 1/1500)
  • HIV

Applicants will be expected to propose studies that address a problem affecting at least one of these special populations, with the overarching goal of examining diseases across the lifespan (e.g. an adult disease such as Type 2 diabetes now prevalent in children, a pediatric disease such as Down’s syndrome, or a rare disease like cystic fibrosis, that now extend into adulthood). Community-based research is encouraged. Proposals may identify gaps in processes related to transition of care across the lifespan, focus on disease mechanism or consequences that change with age (e.g. genetic determinants of age of onset and phenotype), or concentrate on the development of culturally sensitive tools needed to engage patients and their families at different stages of life and of the disease.

This pilot program is intended to assist in the activities of new cross-disciplinary collaborations involving at least two investigators. Preference will be given to junior investigators who are principal investigator; new collaborations in novel areas for the principal investigator; and protocols that include community-based research. See a list of current and past Integrating Special Populations pilot award recipients.

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


  • Each team is limited to six investigators.
  • At least one applicant must be a junior investigator (instructor, assistant professor, or associate research scientist) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
  • Faculty/investigators from the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses and community collaborators may be a part of the investigative team.
  • Although senior leaders and unit 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 the application cycle, only one submission is permitted per principal investigator.


Applications for the Integrating Special Populations pilot award will be accepted in Fall 2019.

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