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 July, Applications due in October, Selection in February.

CO-Pilot Award Categories

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Increased award amount this year!

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 applying for funding has ended. Please check back in August 2023 for the next cycle.

Information & Resources

2023 Key Dates

RFA Posted
July 25, 2022

Intent to Apply Due
September 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm MT

Informational Call #1
CCTSI Pilot Grant Program Overview

Informational Call #2
Monday, September 19, 2022: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Join via Zoom
Phone: (346) 248-7799, meeting ID #949 0113 2910

Application Deadline
October 3, 2022, 5:00 pm MT

Scientific Merit Review
January 2023

Start of Award
May 1, 2023

Award Expiration Date
April 30, 2024

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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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