Pilot Funding Core

Stimulating Innovative Science to Accelerate Improvements in Health


The UK CCTS provides multiple types of pilot funding to catalyze translational research. Our funding prioritizes multidisciplinary research and projects that focus on health disparities, particularly in Appalachia. 

See open RFAs and funding categories here.  

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ROI for Pilot Funding Program 


Awards Totaling $3.3 Million

$46.5 Million

in Extramural Funding from Pilot Awards

Pilot Funding News

  • UK Receives $23.5 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH
    • Sep 14 2021

    The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has received a $23.5 million, four-year award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health. This is the third time the CCTS has successfully competed for the prestigious Clinical and Translational Award (CTSA), with continuous funding since 2011 totaling $65.4 million in research dollars.

  • 'UK at the Half': UK CCTS Accelerating Discoveries to Improve Health
    • Sep 14 2021

    During "UK at the Half" UK football game on Saturday, CCTS was recognized for their clinical research — which helps to improve health, with an emphasis on the Central Appalachian region.

  • Tom Curry on a bike in a field
    • May 5 2021

    He serves as director of the CCTS pilot program and principal investigator of the BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health) program.