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Now Accepting Applications for Yale Liver Center Pilot Funding

June 18, 2024
by Christine Abu-Hanna

The NIH/NIDDK P30 Liver Center grant provides for the annual submission of pilot projects ($40,000 direct costs each) from both Liver Center and non-Liver Center investigators.

The purpose of the pilots is to provide support for investigators to collect preliminary data sufficient to support a grant application for independent research support and/or to test a novel, even high-risk, hypothesis. Pilot projects are expected to support research that primarily aligns with NIDDK's scientific mission rather than liver disease research that is better aligned with the mission of another NIH Institute or Center.

Pilot support is not intended for large projects by established investigators that should be submitted as separate research grant applications, nor is it intended to provide bridging support for established investigators who are PI of one of more R01 or R01-equivalent grants that will be active for at least two years. Pilot funds are also not intended to support or supplement ongoing funded research of an investigator.

Investigators should meet one of the following criteria:

1. New investigators applying new methodologies or approaches to the study of liver pathophysiology.
2. Investigators from other areas of biomedical research to apply their expertise to an area of need in liver research.
3. Established investigators who will have no independent R01 or R01-equivalent grant support if they do not secure a substantial grant award in the near future.

Pilot grants will undergo two levels of review: first from Center executive committee and then from our External Advisory Board. The Board will convene at Yale to determine a priority score for each request and can approve or disapprove the project or modify the budget. No pilot projects can be submitted for more than two consecutive years. All current pilot project recipients must follow the same guidelines to request a second year of funding.


Friday, July 12, 2024Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent (PDF) emailed to
Friday, Aug. 16, 2024Deadline for submission of full applications (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine by 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27, 2024Internal reviews of the most competitive applications are returned to investigators for revisions.
Friday, Oct. 25, 2024Receipt of revised application deadline (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine by 5 p.m.
Nov./Dec. 2024 or Jan. 2025External Advisory Board meets to make final decisions on awards. Applicants will be expected to present their pilot project to the Board on this date (approximately 15 minutes).
Saturday, Mar. 1, 2025Approved projects will begin funding.

If you have any questions, please email Program Manager Christine Abu-Hanna at

Submitted by Amy Anderson on June 18, 2024