Pilot Projects Program

Clinical/translational researchers, Jane Lian and Douglas Sawyer lead the Pilot Projects Program for the NNE-CTR.

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Jane Lian, PhD

Core Leader, UVM


Douglas Sawyer, MD PHD

Core Co-Leader, MMC


The Pilot Project Program is designed to stimulate new collaborations and multidisciplinary partnerships between laboratory scientists, physician investigators and rural practitioners. The Program will support clinical and translational research through two types of pilot project awards of up to $50,000 per year:

  • Pilot Project Research Awards
  • Pilot Project Rural Physician Awards

Pilot Project grantees are eligible to apply for the following supplemental awards that will enhance their pilot project experience:

  • Scholars Training Award (up to $2500)
  • Travel and Publication Award (up to $2000)

More information on the next round of funding opportunities through the NNE-CTR will be posted in October 2019.