COVID-19 Pilot Funding Program
Illustration of a COVID-19 particle

By leveraging our existing pilot program infrastructure and collaborating with the UK CURE Alliance, we rapidly launched a pilot funding program for research projects in three areas. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Full-time faculty in all title series at the University of Kentucky are eligible to apply. 

Please note that as of July 7, 2020, we are not accepting new applications due to commitments to already-funded projects .

Questions can be directed to Joel Thompson, PhD, CCTS Research Development Director, at 


Core 1: Health and Biomedical Science 

Core 2: Materials and Methods 

Core 3: Social Sciences 

Funding Priorities

Emphasis is on applications that have an impact on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in the following areas:

  • Basic science approaches on SARS-CoV-2 and its receptor, animal models of COVID-19, risk factors and their direct association with COVID-19
  • Clinical research involving the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and a better understanding of the epidemiology of COVID-19 
  • Community impact of COVID-19. It is likely that these studies will promote team science and involve in the investigating team a professional with knowledge of the pandemic and/or its causative agent SARS-CoV-2 (e.g. clinician, epidemiologist, etc) 
  • High impact on expanding knowledge or developing new knowledge on the COVID-19 pandemic and SARS-CoV-2.

It is an expectation that these funds will be used to obtain preliminary data for an extramural grant submission related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2.

Proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis by members of the UK CURE COVID-19 Review Committee and funding decisions are made based on scientific merit, relevance to program goals, and potential for extramural support.




COVID-19 News from the CCTS

  • Participate in Research
    • Jan 30 2023

    Participating in health research is a way for everyone to join the process of discovery and learn more about your own health.

  • Faculty photo of Dr. Gerald Supinski, a white man in his 50s or 60s with kind eyes, wearing a black suit, white collared shirt, and gray striped tie.
    • Jan 27 2023


    Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2023) – We are deeply saddened to share that our colleague Gerald Supinski, MD, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 at the age of 71.

  • Dr. Susan Smyth, a white woman with blond, shoulder length hair, stands in a  white room with floor to ceiling windows behind her. She's wearing a royal blue v-neck dress and several bracelets.
    • Jan 27 2023


    Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 26)— With much grief we share that national icon of translational research and medical education Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, died of cancer on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 57.