Current Opportunities

The UNM Clinical & Translational Science Center (CTSC) is soliciting applications from all HSC faculty members – senior as well as junior investigators – in response to the following pilot RFAs.

Pilot Award Application

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Current Opportunities

Amount: $10,000 to $25,000

Type of Award: The purpose of this RFA is to support pilot projects that utilize the CTSC infrastructure to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals in clinical and translational (T1, T2, T3, and T4) research. Projects must be of high methodological quality and must demonstrate feasible and generalizable solutions to translational research problems.

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Amount: $5,000 to $50,000

Type of Award: The purpose of this RFA is to support projects that address two or more of the following goals: 1) develop cell-based assays for use in high-throughput screening; 2) to use these cell-based assays for the identification of drugs for clinical re-purposing efforts; and, 3) to utilize these previously FDA approved drugs in new clinical trials.

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Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Type of Award: The purpose of this RFA is to support innovative, high-risk/high-reward pilot projects to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH proposals in clinical and translational research. Most awards will be expected to seek NIH funding, most likely through an SBIR/STTR mechanism. These projects are intended to provide the preliminary data and initial corporate relationships to develop technology and move it towards successful commercialization.

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Amount: $10,000 to $25,000

Type of Award: The CTSC, in conjunction with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), are soliciting applications for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSC mission of developing clinical and translational research with an emphasis on kidney disease, hypertension, and/or kidney transplantation. The purpose of this RFA is to support pilot projects that utilize the CTSC infrastructure to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals in kidney disease, hypertension, and/or kidney transplantation clinical and translational research.

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Amount: $10,000 to $20,000

Type of Award: The CTSC, in conjunction with the UNM Autophagy, Inflammation, and Metabolism (AIM) Center of Biological Research Excellence (CoBRE), is offering pilot awards for projects that exemplify the AIM mission to stimulate autophagy-based research and utilization of the AIM research cores within UNM, as well as the CTSC’s mission of developing clinical and translational research to promote and support “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” scientific inquiries.

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Amount: 10,000 - $25,000

Type of Award: The CTSC, in conjunction with the Superfund Research and Training Center and the Environmental Health Signature Program (EHSP) are offering pilot awards in support of their mission to advance clinical and translational investigation into environmental public health needs. Pilot projects should exemplify the EHSP mission on regionally relevant environmental public health issues that address the overall health needs of unique Southwestern communities. Priority will be given to those proposals most aligned with the Superfund Research Center’s mission for research on the health effects of metals and metal mixtures, with an emphasis on health disparities in affected tribal communities and the CTSC’s mission of developing clinical and translational research to promote and support “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” scientific inquiries.

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Amount: $10,000 - $25,000

Type of Award: The National CTSA Network has identified a list of common and/or emerging problems (“wicked problems”) that require urgent scientific solution. The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC) is soliciting applications from all HSC faculty members—senior as well as junior investigators—for pilot projects that target wicked problems and address challenges related to wicked problems. These pilots should exemplify the CTSC mission of developing novel approaches to translational research and to promote and support the “bench-to-bedside-to-community and practice and back” goal of the National Institutes of Health.

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Amount: $25,000 per institution

Type of Award: The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), University of Iowa and the University of Utah Health are soliciting applications from all faculty members—senior as well as junior investigators—for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). The purpose of this RFA is to promote inter‐institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more of these six CTSA institutions.

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Important Notice Regarding Pilots with Human Subjects Research

NIH requires prior approval of all pilot human subjects research. All pilot submissions must have IRB Protocol approved at the time of submission. A pilot cannot use an existing IRB protocol approval.

All pilot IRB protocol titles must match the title of the CTSA pilot application. All applicants will be required to submit proof of IRB Approval or proof of non-human subjects research at time of Pilot Application Deadline. Applications without IRB submission prior to the specified date will be administratively disqualified.

Applications must have IRB approval no later than the pilot application deadline. Projects that do not have full IRB approval by the pilot application deadline will not be considered for funding.

All projects involving human subjects, required to submit an IRB application, are strongly encouraged to meet with the CTSA’s Regulatory Affairs Manager, Rebecca Brito (505-272-9542) for consultation and planning purposes.

Refer to the RFA for further specific information.