Funding Opportunities

UMCCTS Pilot Project Program (PPP) Award

The intent of the UMCCTS Pilot Project Program (PPP) funding is to speed-up the rate of progress to move a research project, clinical finding, or other discovery into a broader network of activities, while maximizing the breadth of interdisciplinary skills applied to the research question. We are particularly interested in proposals which feature a clinical scientist working with a basic scientist and proposals with an emphasis on community-based research.

The next PPP solicitation will be announced in 2014.

The most recent Funding Announcement can be downloaded here.

UMCCTS Scientific Review Committee

Current and Past Awardees

The Next Hundred Million Pilot Projects

The Next Hundred Million Pilot Projects (NHMPP)serves as a dedicated pool of funding to spur innovative collaborations between MassBiologics of UMMS and investigators across the UMass System with the goal of enhancing the translation of discoveries for clinical use. Projects must include at least one investigator from MassBiologics of UMMS and a faculty investigator from at least one UMass campus. 

The next NHMPP solicitation will be announced in 2014.

The most recent Funding Announcement can be downloaded here.

NHMPP Review Committee members

Current and Past Awardees

UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Award

Training of investigators who will make a career of innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research is a top priority of the UMCCTS. The Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Program has been developed to address this need. The training program will combine coursework, seminars, and mentored research.

The next Clinical Research Scholar (K12) solicitation will be announced in 2014.

UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholar (K12) Review Committee members

Current and Past Awardees

UMass Life Sciences Moment Fund (LSMF)

The UMass LSMF supports projects that are inter-campus in orientation and directed towards life sciences projects related to clinical and translational research. To support this mission, projects must include at least one investigator from the UMass Worcester Campus and a collaborator from at least one of the other UMass campuses.

The next LSMF solicitation will be announced in 2015.

The most recent Funding Announcement can be downloaded here

UMass Steering Review Committee members

Current and Past Awardees

UMCCTS Community Engagement Pilot Programs

These awards focus on community engaged research, defined as “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to  address issues affecting well-being of those people”.

The next Community Engagement solicitation will be announced in 2014.

The most recent Funding Announcement can be downloaded here

Current and Past Awardees

UMCCTS Small Conference Grants (SCS)

This funding opportunity is designed to leverage the convening capacity of the UMCCTS to create new, multidisciplinary teams to address a pressing health need.

Applications (2 pages or less) are accepted on a rolling basis (no due date) to nathaniel.hafer@umassmed.edu. Investigators will be notified of award approximately 2-3 weeks post submission.

For complete information, eligibility, and application details, please click here. 

UMCCTS and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Developmental Therapeutics Awards 2014

The UMCCTS, in collaboration with Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is announcing a special round of the Pilot Project Program (PPP) focused on understanding aspects of host-pathogen relationships that may lead to the development of novel measures to prevent or manage infectious diseases.

In this inaugural pilot program between UMCCTS and Cubist, a total of $350,000 is available to fund pilot projects (n = 2-4).  Individual project awards of up to $120,000 over two years are allowed.  Awards are expected to be made on a competitive basis by a scientific review committee to enable teams of joint investigators to accelerate the translation of innovative, cutting-edge research on host-pathogen interactions related to infectious diseases.

Application Deadline:  October 24, 2014 by 5:00 pm EST

Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document to: Nathaniel.Hafer@umassmed.edu.

Complete instructions and eligibility can be downloaded here.