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The mission of the MW CTR-IN Program is to increase and enhance clinical and translational research capacity and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 MW university partners.  In the past six years, the MW CTR-IN Program has provided more than $7M in pilot grant funding to over 100 investigators at our partner universities.


Full description:

Important Dates and Deadlines

December 20 Email Mary Van Muelken of intent to submit.  Please include project title  (
January 3 MW CTR-IN Pilot Grant pre-proposal to Sponsored Programs submission portal
January 14 Proposal selection and PI notification
January 15 Proposal submitted to MW CTR-IN


PILOT GRANT application submission portal

Please submit your application here.

Purpose. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide promising early career and/or other mid-level to senior investigators with support to capture the key preliminary data that will support and inform a competitive “R-level” grant application to NIH or other extramural funding sources. Projects must involve human subjects; we do not support pre-clinical research.

Programmatic Priorities. Working in conjunction with our three regional Community Advisory Boards (CABs) representing all seven states, we have identified funding priorities for the communities we serve. The following themes were consistently identified across all CABs: (1) mental health as well as suicide prevention, opioid and other substance abuse and psycho-social trauma; and (2) obesity and metabolic conditions such as diabetes including the related factors of food security, food sovereignty, and healthy food access. We recognize that the above areas of research do not capture all important health priorities in all of the communities that we serve. However, we anticipate that these programmatic priorities will be revised and updated in forthcoming years as we continue to receive input from our regional stakeholders. It is also important to note that virtually most if not all of the major diseases and health conditions [e.g., cardiovascular, metabolic (e.g., diabetes), CNS, renal, etc.] are a health disparity in the Mountain West region. All applications will undergo the same scientific merit review per standard NIH procedures, regardless of the topic area.

Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility. The PI must 1) have a faculty-level appointment with a minimum of 0.5 FTE support at a participating CTR-IN Institution, and 2) must be eligible to submit extramural grant applications from their institution as a PI. The PI must devote at least 20% effort (2.4 person months) to the Pilot Grant project. Prior CTR-IN awardees are eligible to apply, but they must be in good standing (i.e., submission of requested progress reports and updates). Per IDeA program policy, an awardee may not concurrently receive funding for their research program through other IDeA mechanisms (e.g., CTR, COBRE or INBRE).

Direct Costs: $60,000


STEP ONE - Limited competition nomination of applicants from eligible institutions:
Applicants must be nominated by their institution and subsequently invited by MW CTR-IN Program to submit a full application. Potential applicants must contact their local MW CTR-IN Concierge (Mary van Muelken ( 208.282.1171 or Steve Wright 208.282.2593) for instructions on the internal nominating process. Each partner institution may nominate up to a maximum of four applicants.

Nominating Packets must include the following for each applicant:

  • An NIH format Biographical Sketch for the proposed PI.
  • An NIH format Other Support document for the proposed PI.
  • A summary of the proposed research of not more than one page with sufficient detail to establish that the research is clinical or translational.  Format:  Title, Specific Aims, Research Strategy (include Significance, Innovation)
  • References (optional and does not count toward one-page summary)
  • A letter of support signed by an appropriate institutional official committing to provide support for half of the requested PI effort if the CTR-IN Pilot Grant is awarded.

Eligible Mountain West CTR-IN Institutions:

Boise State University University of Alaska, Fairbanks University of Nevada Las Vegas
Idaho State University University of Hawaii University of Nevada Reno
Montana State University University of Idaho University of Wyoming
New Mexico State University University of Montana  
University of Alaska, Anchorage University of New Mexico HSC