Pilot Program Grants

The NJ ACTS Pilot Program offers one-year pilot grants to foster collaborative research among faculty at Princeton University, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University. It supports team research to promote novel approaches and methodologies in translational medicine and science, to foster interdisciplinary research to generate and/or test novel hypotheses, create partnerships that leverage in-kind partner support and to support high-risk/high-reward innovative projects. These projects are expected to provide key preliminary data for sustained extramural funding.

Letters of Intent were due March 19, 2021 and Applications were due April 16, 2021  

This year, the pilots grant program sought four categories of proposals: 

  • Translational and Clinical Sciences Award
  • Methodological and Infrastructure Awards
  • Propel Awards
  • Valued Partnership Awards

To learn more, review the 2021 Pilot Programs Request for Applications (.pdf). A fillable application (.pdf) and budget (.pdf) must also be submitted with the project proposal. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Awardees from Princeton - Howard Stone (MAE), Andrea Graham (EEB), Jonathan Cohen (PNI) and Daniel Notterman (MOL)!

The 2019 Pilot Program Awardees from Princeton were Zemer Gitai, Esteban Engel, Catherine Peña and Kathryn Edin.

Pilot Grants Program 2021 is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, as well as funds from the New Jersey Health Foundation

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