Small Grants Program

Under the CCaTS Small Grants Program, each Mayo Clinic clinical department or division with a research committee receives funds based on its number of consultant full-time employees. The department or division then makes awards to individual investigators based on:

  • Potential of the project to impact practice.
  • Qualifications of the investigator.
  • Feasibility.
  • Scientific merit.

The purpose of the Small Grants Program is to support the development and evaluation of practice innovations or the description of current practices and outcomes. The projects must conclude within two years and should not require extensive financial resources.

Departments and divisions are notified of their funding allocations in the first quarter of the calendar year.


The following are eligible to apply at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota:

  • Consultants.
  • Senior associate consultants.
  • Associate consultants.
  • Doctoral-level staff in disciplines including nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy.
  • Clinical and research fellows may apply as co-PI with a consultant, senior associate consultant or associate consultant PI.


Protocol funding is a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 in total costs per protocol; the average award is $5,000. There are no indirect expenses. Capital equipment is not an allowable expense.

Funds must be spent within two years of receiving the award. No extensions are granted.

Application process

Once the departments or divisions have selected the award recipients and amounts are determined, awardees need to complete a research budget template (xlsm file) and email it to Susan (Sue) J. Rubow at Ms. Rubow will finalize the template and send it back to the awardee for acceptance. No budget requests are accepted after Nov. 1 of the current calendar year.


A progress report is required at the end of the funding period to track publications and grants resulting from the award.

Project number request

Once the budget is finalized, the department or division research chair or designee must complete the CCaTS Small Grants Program form to initiate a request for an accounting project number. Log in to the Mayo Clinic network to complete the form.


The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all publications resulting from NIH funding be uploaded to PubMed Central. CCaTS awards, including intramurally funded awards, must follow this policy. The NIH Public Access Policy website guides awardees through the process of uploading publications. Log in to the Mayo Clinic network to view the website.

Please remember to cite the Mayo Clinic Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant in resulting publications: This publication was made possible by the Mayo Clinic CTSA through grant number UL1TR002377 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).