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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 2020-2021 Trailblazer Awards in Fall 2019. Learn more about each of our four Trailblazer Awards below. If you have questions please contact us at or 913-588-6290.

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 solely to developing novel collaborations between artists and researchers or to advance the understanding of the impact of art on health from a translational science perspective. Learn more

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

Diversity/Integrating Special Populations Trailblazer Award: intended to fund early efforts to develop 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

Last modified: Sep 16, 2019