CTSI Pilot Awards FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am a K scholar; can I apply?

    If your K does not overlap the funding period, you may be able to apply. CTSI Pilot Awards cannot fund salary support for any current K awardee. We are funded by the NIH, and our award will not allow us to give dual salary support. You can still apply for a mechanism supported by CTSI Pilot Awards if you don't include salary support for yourself and submit a statement clarifying how your CTSI Pilot Awards project is different than your K project.

  2. Do I qualify as a URM?

    CTSI Pilot Awards cannot answer this question. Please refer to the guidelines and be sure to include the half-page summary explaining your background.

  3. What is a senior postdoc/fellow?

    First years are not eligible. Second and third years may apply, and the review committee will take into consideration the experience of the applicant. Please refer to the RFA for detailed eligibility criteria.

  4. To which mechanism should I apply?

    This is something you should discuss with your mentor. CTSI Pilot Awards suggests you review the eligibility criteria and budget guidelines carefully for any mechanism you are considering.

  5. I currently have an award through CTSI Pilot Awards/RAP. Can I apply for the award under a different mechanism this time?

    Funded PIs must take a cycle break before applying again. You can read the submission rules here: RAP Submission Rules.

  6. I see that the RFA says no international expenses. But, can I include an international expense that is justified?

    CTSI Pilot Awards cannot fund any international projects nor expenses, and no exceptions can be made. CTSI Pilot Awards also cannot fund projects where there may be foreign co-authorship (if the tool/research becomes the basis for a paper that will be co-authored by someone external to the US). The only exception is if the project already has DHHS funding, in which case we would need to ask the sponsor for approval to fund the project.

  7. I am resubmitting and want to know about addressing reviewer concerns.

    It is not required to address the reviewers' comments but it is a good idea to do so. Reviewers for resubmissions have access to the original reviews. CTSI Pilot Awards cannot provide any guidance on how to do this.

  8. I have a question about letter(s) of support.

    Letters of recommendation are only good for one year (i.e., resubmitting the following cycle). If you are not resubmitting the cycle after your original submission, you will need to have updated versions. CTSI Pilot Awards suggests updating the letters for all involved. A letter of support is required for anyone listed as PI.

  9. I am collaborating with an investigator at another institution (e.g., Berkeley). May I include salary support for him/her?

    Researchers from other organizations (including other UCs) can be listed as collaborators but may not receive monetary support.

  10. Can I list more than two PIs for a Team Science application?

    Yes, the Team Science mechanism is different from the other RAP mechanisms because more than two people may be listed as PI, and there is no maximum. Please note, PI effort is limited to 10% total.

  11. I am submitting to a mechanism as the PI this cycle. Can I also submit to another mechanism?

    An investigator cannot be listed as PI on two proposals, but is it ok for him/her to be a PI on one and a Co-I not receiving any salary support on another proposal to a separate mechanism.

  12. Does the total award amount include indirect costs?

    Please only budget for direct costs. Award amounts are based on direct costs only. CTSI Pilot Awards will add indirects on top of the award amount, if awarded and applicable.

  13. What qualifies as "significant family caregiving responsibilities" in the Family Support Award mechanism? What qualifies as "existing research support?"

    CTSI Pilot Awards cannot answer what does or does not qualify as significant family caregiving responsibilities. All applicants are asked to explain the caregiving burden and resulting hardship. Applications are reviewed for science and need.

    Likewise, CTSI Pilot Awards does not have specific parameters on what the existing support means, at what level, or whether NIH or other funding. Funding priorities will include determining whether applicants are on a clear trajectory to a successful independent research career.

  14. What is the award period?

    For Spring RAP cycles, the award period is July 1-June 30; for Fall RAP cycles, the award period is February 1-June 30.

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