Pilot Projects Program

The Pilot Projects Program brings investigators together from institutions across the state to develop interdisciplinary collaborations that span the translational research spectrum.

In collaboration with the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, the Pilot Projects Program provides funding and support for research that is responsive to our state's health priorities.


Unique Applicants

From Brown, URI, and the affiliated hospitals


Unique Investigators Awarded

From diverse disciplines


Awarded Projects

For research that spans the translational spectrum


Extramural Awards

As a result of Pilot funding

Core Leadership

  • Gaurav Choudhary

    Gaurav Choudhary, MD

    Lead, Advance RI-CTR Pilot Projects Program Core, Ruth and Paul Levinger Professor of Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Researchat the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute and Associate Chief of Staff (Research), Providence VA Medical Center
  • Tracie Shea

    Tracie Shea, PhD

    Co-Lead, Advance RI-CTR Pilot Projects Program Core, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Specific Aims

  1. Award high-impact pilot projects that propose to develop translational approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and to improve health in Rhode Island
  2. Facilitate clinical and translational research through prioritization of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and community-based collaborations
  3. Promote professional development and extramural funding of junior faculty pilot project awardees through synergy with Advance-CTR Core activities
  4. Strengthen collaboration and communication among Rhode Island investigators through the Emerging Areas of Research Symposium