Colorado Pilot Grant Program (CO-Pilot)

One-year pilot grant awards to mentored and junior investigators to provide initial support for proof of concept projects and to CU-CSU teams. Encouraging new cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects in clinical and translational medicine to address translational science roadblocks.

The program is intended to fund early-stage, preparatory or feasibility studies to overcome roadblocks in the translational process. This will apply to the variety of new disease pathways, technologies, protocols or participant recruitments strategies (to name a few) as stepping-stones toward a full and hypothesis-testing investigation.

RFA issued in November, applications due in January, selection in May.

CO-Pilot Award Categories

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Early-Stage Investigator Diversity Award - $40,000

Mentored - $40,000

Junior - $40,000

CSU/CU Collaboration - $60,000


Request for Applications (RFA)

The RFA describes eligibility, award categories and application requirements. The window for sending a Letter of Intent has ended. Please check back in November 2024 for the next cycle.

Information & Resources

2024 Key Dates

RFA Posted
November 1, 2023

Intent to Apply Due
December 4, 2023 at 5:00 pm MT

Informational Call #1
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Informational Call #2
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Application Deadline
January 16, 2024, 5:00 pm MT

Scientific Merit Review
April 2024

Notice of Award
June/July 2024

Start of Award
August 1, 2024

Award Expiration Date
July 31, 2025

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Contact Us

CO-Pilot Office

Tim Lockie

CO-Pilot Leadership

Natalie J. Serkova, PhD
Sue Vandewoude, DVM

CCTSI Pilot Program Coordinator

Kristen House

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