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The CCTS Pilot Program prides itself on supporting health studies that drive innovation through a strong emphasis on novel collaborations.

  • >$ 3 MILLION in pilot funding distributed since 2007

  • 30 % of recent pilot projects support HEALTHY CHICAGO priority areas

  • 55 % of funded pilot projects involved multi-college collaborations

  • 73 FUNDED interdisciplinary translational research projects since 2007

  • 112 GRANTS awarded as a result of pilot findings

  • $ 88 MILLION in external funding obtained through subsequent awardee grants

Pilot studies are essential for enhancing the rigor of clinical translational research, improving internal and external study validity, encouraging novel research directions and collaborations, and helping prevent poorly executed or futile studies.

Through the Pilot Grant Program, the CCTS seeks to promote internal and external collaborations and innovation by supporting projects that bridge disciplines across the translational spectrum and create thematic teams of researchers, positioning them for large-scale and multi-site collaborative studies.

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