Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office Pilot Award

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


The Irving Institute, in conjunction with the Columbia University Clinical Trials Office, sponsors individual, one-year clinical and translational pilot research grants which are intended primarily for junior investigators who have not previously received funding through this mechanism. Applications with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach with other departments or schools are favorably viewed.

Clinical and translational research is defined as research directed towards human diseases, which involves one or more of the following:

  • Direct contact with human subjects, including therapeutic trials, studies of groups of patients or clinical outcomes
  • Laboratory studies of human body fluids, tissues, cells, or devices
  • Studies in animal models of a disease in which a therapeutic approach and/or mechanism of disease is being investigated

See a list of current and past Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office pilot award recipients.

  • Duration: One year
  • Award Amount: $75,000 ($50,000 from the Irving Institute, and $25,000 cost-shared by the applicant’s home department)
  • Number of awards: Approximately eight per year


  • At award time, qualified applicants should have an appointment as an instructor, assistant professor (clinical or tenure-track), or associate research scientist at Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is not required.
  • Potential collaborators can be searched by keyword or by name through Columbia University Scientific Profiles (CUSP).


Applications for the Irving Institute/Clinical Trials Office pilot awards will be accepted in winter, 2019.

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

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If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
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