Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Award

This service is provided by the Implementation Science Initiative at the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Departments of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.​


The Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Awards Program is a key capacity building opportunity to stimulate the development and testing of:

  1. Innovative population health or medical/clinical interventions.
  2. Implementation of evidence-based population health or medical/clinical interventions that have been shown to work, but have not been widely adopted, implemented or sustained in diverse and real-world global, community, clinical/health systems or policy settings.

Please note: Preference will be given to pilot proposals that focus explicitly on health equity and/or racial justice.

Epidemiologic, social sciences, population health, environmental health and clinical sciences have a long history as a force for positive change, intervening to prevent and treat disease, identifying solutions to difficult community-level problems, and scaling-up these solutions to protect and improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of whole populations. While study of the distribution and determinants of health is vital, it is incumbent upon public health science and clinical medical practice to equally elevate and promote the discovery of new knowledge to innovatively intervene on health, produce new actions that improve and promote health, and determine the best ways to disseminate, implement, scale-up, and sustain these actions to offer population and clinical benefits beyond the laboratory or any one community. This focus is particularly critical in light of striking and persistent health inequities across a range of health outcomes.

This program offers early resources for pilot, proof-of-concept projects to be conducted “in miniature”, ultimately leading to larger intervention or implementation science projects and producing new knowledge that directly impacts population health, supported by larger extramural funds.

  • Award amount: $20,000 – $30,000
  • Duration: One year
  • Number of awards: Up to three to five awards, depending on funding availability

See a list of current and past Intervention and Implementation Science Pilot Award recipients.


  • Applicants must be full-time faculty at the rank of assistant professor or higher from one of the schools or institutes across Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 
  • Associate Research Scientists and postdocs may apply with an exceptionally strong letter of support from mentor and department chair. The letter must include pledge that applicant is in line for full-time faculty position as assistant professor within 12 months of award start date.
  • Only one application per round per principal investigator (PI) permitted.
  • Applicants whose primary appointment is from the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc. are eligible to apply as PI or member of investigative team.
  • Applications should test interventions or apply implementation science strategies. This includes community and population health strategies (e.g. housing, built environment, land, water, food, climate, information technology, transportation, poverty, etc.), clinical strategies (e.g. cancer care, clinics, hospitals, healthcare systems), psychosocial and behavioral strategies, and potentially other approaches. Preference will be given to pilot proposals that focus explicitly on health equity and/or racial justice.
  • Pilot studies including primary data collection, mixed methods (integrated qualitative + quantitative approaches), use of mobile health technology, and/or analysis of biosamples are encouraged; collaboration with other disciplines and/or experienced intervention/implementation scientists is highly recommended.


Our application cycle is currently closed. The next cycle will open in Summer 2022.

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