Call for Pilot Project Applications


Application due date: March 1, 2023 

Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2023

Application forms are attached below for access (individual form and zip file of combined forms are attached):

1. Face Page
2. Abstract
3-5. (continuation) Specific Aims, Milestones, Research Plan
6. Detailed budget form
7. Budget justification
8. NIH format Biographical sketch (including other support) for key personnel
9. Resources and Equipment
10-11. (continuation) Protection of Human Subjects, if applicable and Details of Vertebrate Animal Research, if applicable
12. Letters of support (optional)
13. Completed checklist

Call for Pilot Project Applications


The Centers for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects. See CMCRC pilot project application instructions and forms.


Application due date: March 1, 2023 

Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2023


Pilot project funding is intended to

  • Foster novel/early ideas within and outside awarded CMCRCs 
  • Develop or incorporate new technologies as they become available
  • Encourage collaborations among members of different centers and between the CMCRC and outside investigators (although research collaborations with existing centers are not required)
  • Allow maximum flexibility for the advancement of exciting high-risk, high-reward projects


Principal Investigators of pilot projects previously funded through the CMCRC program since 2021 are not eligible to apply as PIs of new projects, but may be included as collaborators. Junior investigators are especially encouraged to apply. Pilot projects must be within the scope of the original CMCRC request for applications (RFA) (


Proposals should be sent by 3/1/23 to Margaret Zhu at and should consist of items 1-13 assembled into a single pdf document.

Proposals will be evaluated on standard NIH scoring criteria (Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, and Environment), with weighting given to both innovation and significant translational impact 1) in the context of potential contribution to the overall goals of the CMCRC, and 2) in the field of the proposed research. Research Plans should address NIH rigor and reproducibility requirements.


Human and animal protection documentation will be requested as appropriate from projects selected for funding on a “just in time” basis. Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (version H)..


Notes on the budget:

• The maximum award is $100,000 per year (direct costs).

• Funding will be awarded initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The milestones provided will be used to benchmark progress and future feasibility in the competitive review of first-year progress reports.

• As per NIH guidelines, pilot budgets may not include sub-contracts.

• As per NIH guidelines, the indirect rate for non-US applicants is capped at 8%.


If you have questions, please contact:


Margaret Zhu

Center for Radiological Research

Columbia University Medical Center