The ITM launched a new Pilot Award program in 2017 that offers researchers more money, new resources, and collaboration opportunities with stakeholders ranging from industry to community members.

Since 2007, the ITM has awarded more than $7 million in its Pilot Awards to help accelerate innovative research. And the impacts have been huge. Researchers have explored creative projects, used their data to secure millions of dollars in federal funding, launched companies, and more.

The ITM is now thrilled to build on that success with a NEW Pilot Award program that offers:

  • Up to $60,000 in funding.
  • ITM resource support for study design, networking, and more.
  • Video production and communications support to share research findings and impacts.


Funding Rounds Each Year


Maximum Funding $ Per Award


Pilot Awards Funded Per Year


$ in Pilot Awards Given to Investigators Since 2007

The ITM is now accepting letters of intent for the next funding cycle. To stay up to date on the next award cycle, sign up for the ITM newsletter here.

View the ITM Pilot Award RFA Here
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Who’s Eligible?

Individuals from any ITM institution, which include the University of Chicago, Rush, Loyola University Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Advocate Health Care. All applicants must be eligible to be a principal investigator on a study with their local IRB or collaborate with one as part of a study team.

For What Topics?

  • Technology Advancement and Commercial Development Studies
  • Clinical and Translational Human Subjects Studies
  • Preclinical Pilot Translational Studies
  • Community Collaborative Research Studies

What is the Application Timeline?

The application timeline is outlined below, with the start date for these one-year awards slated for July 1, 2021.

Helpful Tip: Consult with an ITM expert before submitting your complete proposal. They’re here to offer free feedback on things like biostatistics and ethics. Experts in those areas will be reviewing your applications, so take advantage of the resources to put your best foot forward. As part of this new pilot review process, the ITM will connect you with any expert consultations you need in study design, ethics, and more.

Other questions? Contact Sonya Redmond-Head, ITM Pilot Process Coordinator, at srhead*

Meet the 2017 Pilot Award Winners

Success Stories