Appalachian Translational Research Network Pilot Awards 2023

We are currently accepting applications for two inter-institutional collaborative grants with fellow members of the Appalachian Translational Research Network. The full RFA is available at the bottom of this page. 


University of Kentucky/ West Virginia University Collaborative Grant

One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a clinical and translational project that will address health and health care issues relevant to the WVCTSI and UKCCTS and that is likely to lead to longer-term collaborative efforts will receive the strongest consideration for funding. This includes not only biomedical, clinical, and population research, but also research in areas that enhance clinical and translational research, such as biomedical informatics, biostatistics research and community-based projects.  Award duration is 12 months. 

  • The proposal must be joint applications by collaborators from the University of Kentucky (UK) and West Virginia University.    
  • Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators.
  • Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co- investigators

University of Kentucky/University of Cincinnati Collaborative Grant

One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a meritorious project that involves collaboration between investigators at UK CCTS and the University of Cincinnati CCTST. This project will involve an equal contribution from each institution, and will require Co-PI's from each institution.  Award duration is 12 months. The research award is designed to stimulate collaboration between the respective campuses. Specifically, this joint award aims to catalyze the development or enhance the maturation of multi-institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Appalachia. The research topic must be related to clinical and translational science and can be any health-related topic that addresses a significant health issue identified by the community. Research activities may include but are not limited to: conducting community assessments, analyzing existing data, pilot testing data collection instruments or procedures, conducting formative research on intervention strategies or messages, and testing intervention feasibility. 


Within the general guidelines outlined below, the types of projects that will be considered within these two funding mechanisms include projects that: 

  • Provide support for early career investigators.
  • Stimulate the development of new clinical and translational inter- and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Promote community-based research.
  • Develop new methodologies to leverage institutional strengths and new initiatives.
  • Pursue high-risk, high reward studies.

Key Dates

  • Letters of Intent due March 20, 2023
  • Full Applications due May 12, 2023
  • Funding Decision in early June 2023
Dates & Deadlines
  • Letters of Intent Deadline: