Pilot Project Funding Opportunities

Various pilot award programs currently exist within UVM and FAHC with awards ranging from $1,000 to $75,000. The awards focus on basic science, cancer, undergraduate students, and physicians.

  • COM New Research Initiatives Funding: the COM New Research Initiatives Funding focuses on supporting interdisciplinary scientists. This category of grants allows for a 2:1 match of funding committed by individual departments. This program makes available up to $50,000 per investigator for a new initiative (when matched by an additional $25,000 departmental contribution making the total $75,000). Between 2005 and 2009, 43 awards were made, which resulted in 47 publications and 15 NIH and 5 national foundation extramural grant awards.
  • COM Vermont Cancer Center (VCC): the VCC has a longstanding pilot awards program. Studies involving cancer may be submitted for CCTS awards, but the VCC Protocol Review Committee will review cancer-related applications whether they are submitted through the new CCTS program or through the VCC pilot awards program. At least two awards of up to $25,000 are given per year. The conversion rate of VCC pilot funding to extramural funding is about 35%, with a return on investment of $20 for each dollar of pilot money spent.
  • The UVM Vermont Genetics Network (VGN): the VGN supports seven separate Colleges located throughout Vermont (Castleton State College, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, and University of Vermont). It supports pilot studies carried out by biologists in those Colleges and provides an outstanding impetus to engage undergraduates in biological research, particularly involving genetics. This program has been important in increasing the pipeline of investigators interested in research who pursue medical or graduate studies at UVM.
  • University of Vermont Medical Group (UVMMG) Research Award: since 2010, the UVMMG (the faculty practice) has provided support for investigator-initiated translational and clinical research (two at $50,000 each per year) conducted by UVMMG physicians, pairing a junior with a senior investigator.
  • REACH Grant Program: seeks to identify and promote promising research, scholarship and creative arts in all areas of the University and to encourage faculty members to envision ambitious, long-term projects that will have a substantial impact on their own profiles as researchers or creative artists as well as enhance the profile of UVM by the quality and significance of their achievements. The program is designed to foster conditions of possibility in which these more ambitious projects can grow by providing seed money, exploratory funding, leveraging capability, and similar options. Depending on the pool of proposals and available resources, any well-justified budget from $1,000 to $50,000 will be considered.