Application due date:

10/01/2013 (by Invitation)

ITHS Small Pilot Project Grant

The ITHS is pleased to announce the availability of modest pilot grants. Grants are designed to assist investigators in obtaining preliminary findings, testing "proof of concept," or conducting other research activities designed to prepare and support competitive, full-scale grant applications.


Applications will be accepted for general Small Pilots, as well as Dissemination /Implementation Small Pilots

Projects are one year in length, and a Pre-Application is required. The review of very short Pre-Applications is designed to narrow the field for further, in-depth review of short Invited Applications that allow for a more substantial project description. Each full application will be critiqued and scored.

**Note** Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s have agreed to consider requests for indirect cost waivers for ITHS pilot awards from their faculty. Details are on the full application.

Applicants may request a maximum of $10,000 in direct costs, plus specific ITHS services (see below)

General Small Pilot Applications:

Applications will be considered that address any aspect of translational health science

Examples of projects include:

  • Development of a serum-based test to diagnose colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis.
  • Novel bioinformatics systems for analyzing proteomic data
  • Testing community-based translation- and dissemination models for efficacious obesity-prevention programs.
  • Identification of barriers to, and facilitators of the conduct of clinical/translational research, ranging from aspects of the research process itself to factors that influence individuals' willingness to participate in clinical trials.

Dissemination/Implementation Small Pilot Applications:

Applications also will be considered in the area of Dissemination and Implementation Research, using the following NIH definitions (see PAR-13-055;

“Dissemination is the targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific public health or clinical practice audience. The intent is to spread (“scale up”) and sustain knowledge and the associated evidence-based interventions. Dissemination Research is the scientific study of how, when, by whom, and under what circumstances research evidence spreads throughout the agencies, organizations, and front line workers providing public health and clinical services. Implementation is the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions and change practice patterns within specific settings. Implementation Research is the scientific study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence-based interventions into healthcare practice and policy.”

Note: ITHS Small Pilot funding is not subject to NIH foreign travel restrictions.

Request Funding and ITHS Services:

In addition to (or in place of) requesting $10,000 for a small pilot, you may request additional funding in the form of one or more of the specific ITHS services listed below:





Regulatory Support & Bioethics

Regulatory audit service review: review regulatory document, study conduct, etc.



Regulatory Support & Bioethics

Consultation about ethical aspects of study design, recruitment, consent, etc.

$100 per hour


Center for Biomedical Statistics

Research Assistant for data analysis and manuscript writing

15 hrs per week for 10  weeks

$10,000 per quarter

Biomedical Informatics

Up to 40 hrs to extract data from electronic medical record to generate pilot data or up to 40 hrs to set up electronic case report form to collect pilot data

$100 per hour


Regional Clinical Dental Research Center

Dental assistant for research

$32 per hour

Contact Marilynn Rothen ( for pricing

Nutrition & Body Composition services

All research services

Discount of 50%; waive start-up fee

Contact Holly Callahan ( for pricing

Group Health Research Institute

Research services

Working with Group Health

Varies depending on need. 

Community Outreach & Research Translation

Consultation, methods, statistical, and grant-writing assistance for those wanting to work in American Indian/Alaska Native communities

Contact Brenda Hoskinson


Contact Brenda Hoskinson


Pediatric Clinical Research Center (Seattle Children’s)

In-kind support with priority for New Investigators (ITHS Scholars, K-awardees, Assistant Professors or below who do not have NIH R21 or R01 funding)

Waive $1500 start-up costs for New Investigators or 50% for senior investigators;   25% subsidy for PCRP visits plus additional 25% subsidy if member of Seattle Children’s  CCTR

Contact Gloria Venegas (


Application process details: 


** Effective January 15, 2014, ITHS is postponing the next round of applications for small pilot project grants. We are currently engaging in a strategic planning process, and as a result are evaluating the most optimal ways of providing pilot funding that will have the greatest impact. We will post additional updates in the months to come to share the results of our analysis. **

For research involving human subjects, funds will be awarded after Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or after an exemption has been obtained by the applicant.

If you have been invited to submit a full application please complete ITHS Small Pilot Grant Application Word document.

For both the application and pre-application, convert the completed file to pdf format, and e-mail it  to Required format: Margins: .50 inch; Font: Arial 11 pt regular. Do not exceed page limitations noted for each section. Unsigned applications, or those not following the required format will be returned.

  • Investigators in the Puget Sound and WWAMI regions are eligible to apply.
  • Individuals who have been funded as Principal Investigator (PI) on one of these grants within the past two years are not eligible to submit a new application as PI.
  • In general, the Principal Investigator must have a faculty title or equivalent.
  • The proposed research MUST be readily identifiable as addressing issues in either translational or clinical research (see appendix for definitions of clinical and translational research).
  • It will be the responsibility of the PI to demonstrate the innovative aspects of the research and its potential to improve human health.


Contact information: 


Questions about the process?  Contact Brenda Hoskinson at

Questions about eligibility?  See Contact Brenda Hoskinson at with questions.

Questions about specific core services?  Contact those identified in the list at the end of the full application.

Questions about Anesthesiology/Pain Pilots? Contact Christine Backman

List of ITHS funded pilot projects:

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