By the Numbers:

Funding Round Each Year
Maximum Funding $ Per Award
Pilot Awards Funded Per Year
$ in Pilot Awards Given to Investigators Since 2007

View the ITM Pilot Award RFA Here

Download a Budget Form Here

Reviewers Access Applications Here

Hear it From Them:

The ITM Pilot funding really allowed us to take that next step…which provided the basis for an NIH grant. This grant will support the expansion of the programs as well as our current larger-scale study. Without the ITM Pilot Award money, it would be difficult to do this initial research.
Harold Pollack, PhD, Co-Director of the UChicago Crime Lab
Investigators use ITM Pilot Awards to kick-start their research and amplify their resources. Photo by Sara Serritella/UChicago ITM.

The ITM launched a new Pilot Award program Sept. 1 that offers researchers more money, new resources, and collaboration opportunities with stakeholders ranging from industry to community members.

Since 2007, the ITM has awarded more than $5.9 million in its Pilot Awards to help accelerate innovative research. And the impacts have been huge. Researchers have explored creative projects, used their data to secure millions of dollars in federal funding, launched companies, and more.

The ITM is now thrilled to build on that success with a NEW Pilot Award program that offers:

  • Up to $60,000 in funding.
  • ITM resource support for study design, networking, and more.
  • Video production and communications support to share research findings and impacts.

Who’s Eligible?

Individuals from any ITM institution, which include the University of Chicago, Rush, Loyola University Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Advocate Health Care. All applicants must be eligible to be a principal investigator on a study with their local IRB or collaborate with one as part of a study team.

For What Topics?

  • Technology Advancement and Commercial Development Studies
  • Clinical and Translational Human Subjects Studies
  • Preclinical Pilot Translational Studies
  • Community Collaborative Research Studies

What is the Application Timeline?

The application timeline is outlined below, with the start date for these one-year awards slated for Jan. 1, 2019.

Helpful Tip: Consult with an ITM expert before submitting your complete proposal. They’re here to offer free feedback on things like biostatistics and ethics. Experts in those areas will be reviewing your applications, so take advantage of the resources to put your best foot forward. As part of this new pilot review process, the ITM will connect you with any expert consultations you need in study design, ethics, and more.

Other questions? Contact Sonya Redmond-Head, ITM Pilot Process Coordinator, at srhead*

View the ITM Pilot Award RFA Here

Meet the 2017 ITM Pilot Award Winners

  • Dave Beiser, MD
    Using Smart Chatbots and Social Media to Treat Metal Illness
  • Marc Bissonnette, MD
    An End to Colonoscopies: Cancer Screening with the Prick of a Finger
  • Phil Verhoef, MD, PhD
    Treating Sepsis with Allergies

Success Stories

  • Investigator Working To Cure Autoimmune Diseases And End Organ Transplant Rejection
  • ECHO-Chicago Expands Its Geographic Reach And Training Offerings
  • UChicago Crime Lab Reduces Youth Violence And Secures Millions Of Dollars In Funding