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Pilot Award

Purpose: Conduct hypothesis-driven research to gather preliminary data or demonstrate proof-of-principle to inform the feasibility of a new paradigm or research hypothesis. The goal is to provide initial support for highly innovative research proposals with clear potential for future impact and potential to successfully leverage future funding from other sources.    

 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 40 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