Funding FAQs

Are foreign organizations eligible to apply for the REACT Center Pilot Studies RFA?

No. Not at this time.

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No. Grants are not restricted to U.S. citizens, however researchers applying should be at academic institutions / clinical research centers within the United States.

Will postdocs, fellows, or other trainees be considered as PIs for the pilot studies funding?

No. Residents, fellows or other trainees cannot apply as the Principle Investigator, as he or she is less likely to secure funding for a clinical trial. Trainees can apply as part of a co- or multiple-PI team, so long as the PI is a faculty member. This applies to MD fellows with commitments from their director/institution that they will be hired for a faculty position; or an MD fellow with two years left on his/her fellowship, for example.

What is the preferred format for submission?

  • The submission format should follow as outlined on the website:
  • Letter of Intent (limited to 2 pages, excluding references), to include: Investigative Team, Specific Aims, Significance & Innovation, Approach, and Plan for seeking future extramural funding for a clinical trial.
  • Description of REACT resources that may be sought to support the pilot study (limited to ½ page). Refer to Tools & Resources section for descriptions of resources available.
  • NIH Biosketches of the PI and co-investigators.

Is a cover letter necessary?


Can a prospective PI apply for both pilot and Scholar Awards funding simultaneously?

Yes. Please indicate in the LOI that you will also be submitting a Scholar Award application to “utilize the ____ core,” for example. Budget specifics will be required only at the time of full proposal submissions (by invitation).

Are behavioral rehab interventions ( eg for cancer rehab) eligible?

Yes, they are eligible to apply and as with all applications will be judged by their scientific merit.

Please email complete Letters of Intent no later than 5pm CST on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Still have questions? Please contact us or call (205) 996-0832.