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Internal Funding Opportunities

Research Affinity Teams (RAffTs)
RaffTs are chartered workgroups supported and approved by the SOM Dean's Office. Ultimately these working groups should serve as the foundation of a Program Project Grant, multidisciplinary (U01) grant, or other similar large award, though outcomes including increased cross-departmental collaborations for publications, enhanced sharing of data/equipment/best practices, etc. are also encouraged. To apply for a RAffT, please send the following information to

  • Proposed RAffT name and goals. (e.g. establishing better collaboration among faculty, preliminary data gathering, proposal development, etc.)
  • RAffT leadership and population: list of current participants and who might be interested in joining


Pilot Funding
Research is a cornerstone of the School of Medicine mission. To enrich opportunities for SOM faculty to pursue extramural funding, the SOM Dean's Office has allocated funds to support pilot projects that will lead to the submission of more competitive applications for extramural funding. This funding opportunity supports the SOM Strategic Plan.


Basic and Clinical Research Pilot RFA
  Apply via SurveyMonkey Apply
  Letter of intent: April 6, 2018
  Deadline: May 7, 2018, 11:59pm


Clinical Investigator Kickstart (ClIK) Pilot Program
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  Letter of intent: April 6, 2018
  Deadline: May 7, 2018, 11:59pm


Bridge Funding
The Bridge Funding Program is available to faculty with a primary appointment in the SOM and an established track record of obtaining extramural funding who are experiencing a temporary disruption of funding that, without institutional support, would have a substantial adverse impact on the overall long-term viability of their research program. This program is not intended for faculty with multiple R01-equivalent grants if other grants have remaining years of funding, or to provide pilot funds for new projects.


SOM Bridge Funding Program RFA
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Rolling Deadline: Due on the 15th of February, May, August, and November



For questions about internal funding opportunities, please contact
Courtney Peebles, MPH, Program Manager,, 210-562-6869.