Pilot Grants support the development of preliminary data or other materials necessary for new extramural submissions, or in some cases, resubmission of external applications based upon sponsor reviews.  Grants are for any disciplinary area of research falling within the Basic Life Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Natural Sciences & Engineering or the Social Sciences. 


  • Applications are by invitation only based upon letters of intent (LOI). 
  • LOI and invited proposals must be submitted online at the OVCR submission portal.  The portal will not accept submissions past the relevant deadlines.  PIs should allow sufficient time to download the forms and free Adobe software needed to combine your documents into one file.  For more info, see “Application Instructions – general”.   
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to initiate internal approval processes (e.g. IRB, ACC applications) by the time they are invited to submit full proposals