Funding Opportunities

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

The CCTS has funded pilots in 13 of the 16 colleges on UK's campus.  More than a third of pilot awards have been granted to PIs outside the UK College of Medicine. 

In partnership with investigators at all career stages, community and government organizations, disease-specific centers at UK, and academic medical centers around the country, we have provided more than 300 awards totaling $4 million, which have garnered $84.6 million in extramural funding, a return on investment of 20 to 1



University of Kentucky Funding Categories

(Timelines subject to change)

Inter-Institutional Collaborative Pilot Grants

Community Partner Funding

UK Internal Research Support Programs

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research hosts a series of workshops on various topics designed to help faculty accelerate their research activities. These include Faculty Support Grant Programs and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs. 

Learn more about UK Internal Research Support Programs. »


In the News


  • Thomas E. Curry, PhD

    • Director, Pilot Funding Core
  • Joel Thompson, PhD

    • Research Development Director & Pilot Funding Project Manager
  • Amy Thomas

    • Administrative Coordinator, Pilot Funding Program
    • 859-323-7395