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Trailblazer Awards

Frontiers offers four Trailblazer Awards that provide funding to support targeted research. 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.

We will begin accepting applications for all 2021-2022 Trailblazer Awards in Fall 2020.

Trailblazer Awards 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)

Some awards may need to be sent to the NIH/NCATS for official review and approval.


Arts+Medicine Trailblazer Award: dedicated to developing novel collaborations between artists and researchers or to advance the understanding of the impact of art on health from a clinical and translational science perspective. Learn more

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Trailblazer Award: dedicated to developing novel statistical, epidemiological and research design methodology for clinical and translational science. Learn more

Diversity Trailblazer Award: intended to fund the development of community-engaged research or engage special populations in clinical and translational research. Learn more

Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) Trailblazer Award: dedicated to providing support in four targeted areas of innovation of clinical and translational research. Learn more

If you have questions regarding any Trailblazer Awards, please contact us at Frontiers-info@kumc.edu or 913-588-6290.

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