Center for Public Health Genomics Pilot Project Funding

2015 Center for Public Health Genomics Pilot Project Funding

The Center for Public Health Genomics at Wake Forest School of Medicine solicited research pilot project applications for investigators of any rank. Pilot project applications received were at the intersection of genomics, public health and a specific content area (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer, aging, autoimmune disease, statistical methods, bioinformatic methods).  Quantitative methods development was welcome. Similarly, precision/personalized medicine related applications were welcome. The goal of these pilot projects is to allow investigators to pursue novel and innovative ideas that will improve the likelihood of obtaining extramural funding or significantly raise the impact of the research. It may also allow investigators to perform experiments or analyses that address specific critiques raised by reviewers for extramural funding.

2015 Center for Public Health Genomics Pilot Project award recipient:  Dr. Shay Soker
Project Title:  Patient-specific Bioengineered lung tumor organoids (BLTOs) to support personalized medicine

2014 Center for Public Health Genomics Pilot Project award recipients: Drs. Swapan Das and Nicholette Allred
Project Title: Genetic Investigations into Adiponectin as a Biologic Mediator for Cardio-metabolic Health in African Americans
For a review of Drs. Das and Allred's Pilot Project progress report, click here.

Application information
  • Applications are limited to 3 pages and should include Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach and Plans for securing extramural funding.
  • A detailed budget justification is required (not part of three page limit)
  • The funding period is for a maximum of one year.
  • Appendix information is limited to:
    • A Summary Statement from the previous grant submission justifying the need for additional experiments and/or one page introduction and response to previous critiques for a previous Center for Public Health Genomics review.
    • Reviewer Comments from the previous manuscript submission justifying the need for additional experiments to secure a high visibility publication.


  • A total of $20,000 is available for this Request for Applications (RFA).
  • One to two applications will be funded, with the sum of that funding not to exceed $20,000.
  • A detailed budget justification is required.

Review Process

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Center’s Pilot Grant committee in a process similar to an NIH study section.
  • Additional ad hoc reviewers will be recruited to cover relevant subject areas as needed.
  • Explicit criteria for reviewers include the plausibility that the work will help secure NIH, foundation, industry or other external sources of funding.


  • Applications that partner with or leverage funding from another Center.
  • Applications from junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Applications with multi-PIs, cross departmental and new collaborations.
  • The application’s PI does not have to be a member of the Center, but if the application is funded the PI is expected to become a member of the Center and contribute to its mission.

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