Pilot Projects

The purpose of the Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC) Pilot Project Program is to fund peer reviewed investigator-initiated pilot projects in translational and clinical research which will develop, energize, and maintain a critical mass of clinical and translational scientists at Meharry Medical College.

The specific aim of the program is to increase the quantity and quality of translational and clinical research projects at Meharry Medical College and enhance the competitiveness of Meharry's clinical and translational research investigators in securing extramural research funding.

We are able to achieve this specific aim by developing and disseminating internal Requests for Applications (RFA), soliciting for pilot investigator-initiated translational and clinical research projects.

One major impediment to translational and clinical research is the difficulty in determining whether the idea has any real merit once applied to the human model. Frequently this preliminary evaluation lends itself to the format of a pilot project. Furthermore, most National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application mechanisms generally require some, if not substantial, preliminary data in order to compete and receive serious consideration.

Such data can be generated via seed or pilot project funding program without the major time and fund investment in a full project, and without exposing research subjects to unnecessary long and potentially risky clinical trials.

For a listing of current and previous Pilot Projects click here.

For additional information contact:

Bogdan Nowicki, M.D.
MeTRC Pilot Projects Director

Supported by the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54 MD0007593.