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 NIH Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant Awards:

Request for applications to be included in the Diabetes Research Center Application

Due date: May 15, 2019 by 5 PM

Submit to Mary Powell (


The CU School of Medicine will be submitting a Diabetes Research Centers (DRC) application in June 2019. NIH DRCs are designed to support and enhance the national research effort in diabetes, its complications, and related endocrine and metabolic diseases.  

The Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program is one of the three major research activities of the proposed center. To support the DRC application, we are soliciting P & F applications to use as an example of the research being done by our junior faculty that will be considered for funding if the application is funded.

We are soliciting an application from you based on your research focus


(1)  applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment

(2)  early career investigators without current or past NIH RO1 research support as a PD/PI (current or past support from other sources should have been modest);

(3)  established investigators with no previous work in diabetes who wish to apply their expertise to a problem in this area; and

(4)  established investigators in diabetes who propose testing innovative ideas that represent clear departure from ongoing research interests.

Scope of the project:

A proposed pilot and feasibility study should present a testable hypothesis and clearly delineate the question being asked, detail the procedures and approaches to be followed, and discuss how the data will be analyzed. It must be on a topic related to the objectives of the Center. Projects should be focused, since funding for these studies is modest and is usually limited to two years or less.

Funds Available:

It is anticipated that up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for up to two years will be provided for the majority of approved projects. A maximal annual budget limit of $50,000 direct costs is indicated, which the investigator can assign to salary for support staff, supplies, patient and animal costs but limited salary support for the principal investigator (usually less than 20%). P & F are not intended as a supplement to other grants.

Application instructions:

For the purpose of the DRC P&F pre-application we are requesting a one-page overview of a pilot project (please use the format indicated at the link below) and a NIH biosketch in the current version.  If the DRC is funded, we will request a full 5 page application. 

DRC P&F Application Guidelines​​


Submit to Mary Powell​ (


Thank you for your interest in the DRC P&F program.


Jane EB Reusch MD- DRC P&F Director 

Lori Sussel PhD DRC PI

Please do not hesitate to email me and or set up a call if needed to discuss this process