Pilot Grants Program


Early Career Investigator Pilot Awards - Due June 30

Mentored Pilot Research Project awards (similar to K08, K23 and K99 awards) provide one-year of funding to support research projects and career development activities that will enhance the applicant’s ability to compete successfully for an independent R- or K-series award (e.g., acquisition of preliminary data, training in grant preparation). The projects can address a variety of topics, including vaccinology, therapeutics, laboratory studies and statistics. Scientists (MD, PhD or equivalent) nearing completion of postdoc or in early faculty positions (instructor or assistant professor) and those whom not have served as principal investigator (PI) or MPI on an R-grant (other than an R03) with NIH are eligible. Serving as PI on a K-series or other mentored career award does not preclude eligibility.

2022 RFA Details

2022 Pilot Award Recipients

Jayaum Booth, PhD
Jayaum Booth, PhD

Research Associate, Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Project Title: Human intestinal TRM: Distinct cross-reactive responses against enteric pathogens

Stephanie Rolsma, MD
Stephanie Rolsma, MD

Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Project Title: Population PK/PD of Beta-Lactams in Critically Ill Children and Adults

2021 Pilot Award Recipients

Meagan Deming, MD, PhD
Meagan Deming, MD, PhD

Infectious Diseases Fellow, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Project Title: Seasonal coronavirus immunity and effects on SARS-CoV-2 immune response

Erin Scherer, PhD, DPhil
Erin Scherer, PhD, DPhil

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Emory VTEU Research Laboratory

Project Title: Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Fc glycosylation and its role in COVID-19 immunopathology