Pilot and Feasibility Program

The Center for Cell Signaling in Gastroenterology (C-SiG) recognizes that developing the next generation of investigators is crucial if continued progress is to be made in understanding and optimally treating digestive diseases.

Because of this, the center offers several funding opportunities for investigators engaged in digestive diseases research.

Pilot and Feasibility Program

The C-SiG Pilot and Feasibility Program:

  • Supports both new investigators just beginning their careers in digestive diseases research and innovative research proposals from experienced investigators who plan to change their area of research
  • Provides investigators with vital funds — $15,000 to $50,000 a year for up to two years — to obtain preliminary data that support research grant applications from external agencies, especially National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 applications
  • Provides mentorship, critical review of proposals, and coaching to improve the competitiveness of grant applications

New Named Investigator Award

All Pilot and Feasibility Program awardees are encouraged to apply for the C-SiG New Named Investigator Award, which offers a maximum of $50,000 in funding.

The New Named Investigator is selected based on these criteria:

  • Fulfillment of all requirements of Pilot and Feasibility awardees, including timely preparation of progress reports and providing an oral and poster presentation for the annual C-SiG minisymposium
  • Outstanding progress as judged by the center's Scientific Review Committee with input from its External Advisory Committee
  • Confirmation by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases program officer