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Trailblazer Awards

Frontiers offers five 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.

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)

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.

We will begin accepting applications for 2019-2020 Trailblazer Awards in Spring 2019. If you have questions about Trailblazer Awards please contact us at or 913-588-6290.

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

* Applications for the Dr. Lauren S. Aaronson Trailblazer Award are accepted throughout the year.

Last modified: Dec 18, 2018