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

  • LEX18 Covid-19 Blood Clot Story
    • Oct 16 2020

    The research, supported by a COVID-19 pilot grant from the CCTS, suggests lung damage caused by COVID-19 might be to blame for prolonged clot risk.

  • Behind the Blue logo
    • Oct 13 2020

    Dr. Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research, oversees the university’s vast medical and nonmedical research efforts. On this episode of "Behind the Blue," she discusses the many areas UK's Office of Research is prioritizing, including greater diversity and inclusion, the increasing commitment to opportunities for undergraduate research, returning research efforts to higher capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

  • UK researcher Jeremy Wood, pictured in his lab wearing a white coat, is co-leading research that may provide answers for why so many COVID-19 patients experience blood clotting.
    • Sep 17 2020

    The study suggests that localized inflammation in the lungs caused by COVID-19 may be responsible for the increased presence of blood clots in patients, and that the risk of thrombosis could persist after the infection clears.