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Funding Opportunities

As part of its mission to accelerate research, stimulate new ideas and support researchers of today and tomorrow, Frontiers provides a variety of funding options. From pilot awards, gap funding and educational awards, there are a variety of funding opportunities.



Clinical and Translational Pilot Award

The objective of the Clinical and Translational Pilot Award program is to promote research development in high-priority areas that will compete successfully for external funding. Special emphasis is on projects that focus on the science of translation and those that stimulate collaborative team science. These awards are administered through the KUMC Research Institute.

The types of clinical and translational research supported by this program include:

  • Studies that promote team science and address researchable health issues from the perspectives of multiple disciplines.
  • Preclinical studies that are directly relevant to human health and use human cells or other human biological materials, with the endpoint of identifying new therapies or biomarkers.
  • Early bench to bedside research leading up to and including first-in-human and/or clinical proof of concept trials evaluating new drug treatments, medical devices and diagnostics.
  • Community-based clinical research studies using human subjects, families, and/or communities for testing new treatments or interventions, assessing new health outcomes, etc.
  • Studies of effectiveness and/or implementation and/or dissemination of clinical research findings in practice.
  • Studies on the science of translational research, i.e., on methods and approaches that improve the process of conducting translational research.

Pilot funding up to $20K ($170K annually) is competitively awarded to qualified applicants on an annual basis.

For questions about the Clinical and Translational Pilot program contact Kelly Robertson at or 913-588-5436.

Pilot Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

Inter-institutional Pilot

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 Utah Health, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) seek annual applications from faculty members for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, promote and support the "bench to bedside to community and practice and back" goal of the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of this pilot award program is to promote inter‚Äźinstitutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more of these four CTSA institutions.

Inter-institutional Pilot funding up to $15K annually is competitively awarded to qualified applicants on an annual basis.

For questions about the Inter-institutional Pilot program contact Jen Baker at or 913-588-6290.



Trailblazer Awards are intended to provide funding to support targeted research. Funds are intended for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Obtaining preliminary data for a specific extramural grant application
  • Development of a community advisory board
  • Participant fees
  • Software
  • Equipment
  • Or to enhance a funded project (e.g., additional sub-aim or secondary analysis).

Funds may not be used for investigator salary support or travel. Support for study team personnel will be considered. Some awards may need to be sent to the NIH/NCATS for official review and approval.

Investigators from all Frontiers partner institutions are eligible to apply for a Trailblazer Award if they are institutionally eligible to apply for a NIH award as a principal investigator.

Trailblazer Award Application

Dr. Lauren S. Aaronson Trailblazer Award

  • Funding is up to $5K ($10K annually); accepts applications year-round

Arts+ Medicine

  • Award amount up to $5K annually; considerations for lesser amounts are highly desirable

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

  • Award amounts up to $25K ($50K annually)

Diversity/Integrating Special Populations

  • Award amount up to $10K for research-oriented projects
  • Award amount up to $2,500 for program-related projects
  • A total of $20K is available annually

Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI)

  • Award amount up to $50K annually; considerations for lesser amounts are highly desirable

If you have questions about Trailblazer Awards please contact us at or 913-588-6290.



The KL2 Scholars Program selects and supports a diverse and talented group of junior scientists. The objective of the program is to provide protected time for these learners to master the clinical and translational research skills essential to promote their path to researcher independence. Scholars are encouraged to work closely with mentors on an interdisciplinary team and to engage with local content experts who can help Scholars connect with other researchers. KL2 Scholars also participate in the Frontiers Scholars Club that focuses specifically on career development during this transitional period. Scholars receive funds to cover up to 75% of their salary. Additional funds are available for project support and travel.



Pre- and postdoctoral students can be selected to participate in the TL1 Trainee Program which offers tailored and rigorous training in clinical and translational research as well as classroom education. The pre-doctoral track is a 1-year experience for clinical doctoral students in MD, DO and PharmD programs and is designed to start students on the translational research pathway early in their training. The postdoctoral track is a 1 or 2-year option for clinical scientists and is designed to help clinicians procure productive faculty research positions. Both tracks are encouraged to participate in Frontiers Scholars Club and obtain the Masters of Clinical Science (MS-CR) degree if it fits their individual career goals. Trainees receive a stipend and funds for project support and travel.

For questions about the KL2 Scholars and TL1 Trainee Programs contact Amy Smith at or 913-588-3030.

Last modified: Aug 28, 2018