Pilot & Feasibility

The Pilot and Feasibility Program of IDOM will provide time-limited seed funding to investigators to generate or strengthen preliminary data that will increase their competitiveness for receiving substantial competitive extramural grant funding. These awards seek to support new and innovative research projects that will increase the understanding of fundamental mechanisms that inform the pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications. Requests for applications will be announced once a year. Proposals will be prioritized to support proposals that meet the following criteria.

  • Studies by early-stage investigators with a research interest in diabetes or obesity who have not yet secured independent extramural, peer-reviewed grant support.
  • Studies by established investigators with expertise in other areas to apply this expertise to address a question that is directly related to diabetes or obesity.
  • Studies by established investigators in diabetes or obesity to pursue a question in a totally different area from his/her current research field.
  • Studies proposed between clinical and basic investigators (new or established) to test a question of translational relevance to diabetes or obesity.

Three awards of $90,000 will be given each year. Investigators may request up to 10% of their effort on the award. Applications will be rigorously reviewed by the Leadership Team and external reviewers they select.

Awardees will be carefully monitored to ensure they follow the timeline requested in the application and information about publications/grant applications that result from the funds will be collected.

Check back soon for information on how to apply. Applications will be due in Spring 2020