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Pilot Award

Purpose: Gather preliminary data or demonstrate proof-of-principle to support the feasibility of a new paradigm or research hypothesis. High quality of innovation and clear potential for future impact are two key components of this award, with the ultimate goal of providing initial support for research resulting in the leverage of funding from other funding agencies. 

 Award overview:

  • Maximum award amount per year: $250,000 (direct costs) 
  • Maximum duration: 2 years 
  • Allowable direct costs: Salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, publishing, sub-contracts*, equipment (costing more than $5,000), and travel
  • Travel: 
    • Project-related travel: As needed (must be fully justified)
    • Travel to TRDRP conference: $750 (mandatory)
    • Scientific conference travel: Up to $2,000 per year (excluding a mandatory allocation of $750 in one year of the project for travel to the TRDRP conference)
  • Indirect costs: Full indirect costs are allowed to non-UC institutions. Indirect costs to UC campuses are capped at 30 percent, or 25 percent for projects conducted off-campus 

*All out-of-state sub-contracts and collaborations must be well-justified.Please note that funding is extremely limited for out-of-state expenses, and TRDRP does not encourage such expenses.

Award requirements:

  • Applicants must have a PI-status at the sponsoring institution
  • Awardees are required to commit at least 10 percent of their effort each year to activities supported by this award
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement