MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) has released a request for applications for pilot project funding related to innovations in clinical and translational science. WVCTSI’s “Launch” Pilot Grants focus on acceleration of intellectual property developed by researchers at WVCTSI partner institutions.

This opportunity is an open competition where applicants can request up to $50,000 in funding, which must be utilized over six months. The funds will support investigators as they bring inventions and patents to market. For more information, including the complete RFA, on the Launch Pilot Grants competition, visit

"The Launch Pilot Grants add an important new dimension to our Pilot Grants Program,” explained Sally Hodder, M.D., WVCTSI director. “The Launch Pilots will facilitate further research on promising ideas with a strong potential for commercialization, helping to bring great ideas to market, thereby positively impacting health in West Virginia – and beyond.”

Submitted proposals should focus on WVCTSI’s thematic areas of cancer, neuroscience, obesity and metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, or the risk factors associated with those areas. They should also possess a strong potential for external funding and further stimulation of innovation and commercialization.

To better serve those applying for Launch Pilot funding, the WVCTSI requires letters of intent (LOI) from all interested researchers. After review, only applicants with scientific merit and focused research thematic topics will be asked to submit full proposals.

There are two submission cycles with the following deadlines:

  1. Aug. 1, 2015, letters of intent; Sept. 5, 2015, full proposals
  2. Nov. 5, 2015, letters of intent; Jan. 4, 2016, full proposals

Pilot funding is being disbursed through the WV IDeA-CTR NIH/NIGMS Award Number U54GM104942 to researchers at WVCTSI member institutions: West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center Institute/ West Virginia University Charleston and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.




CONTACT: Anne Bolyard, West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute 304.581.1963