CCTS "Just in Time" Funding Program

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CCTS "Just in Time" Funding Program

The Just-in-Time Program will be on hold until Fall 2013. Please check back in September for an update on funding availability.

The Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) announces the availability of "Just in Time" funding to support the success of externally-funded research grant applications addressing topics of relevance to clinical-translational science. Click here to read about the projects we have funded to date.

The "Just in Time" funding program is designed to increase the competitiveness of selected external grant proposals ("parent grant") by helping investigators (a) bolster preliminary data for upcoming submission of new or competing renewal grant proposals or (b) address critiques of a summary statement from a reviewed grant proposal. In an effort to improve your chances of future funding, if your proposal is currently under review by a funding agency, the CCTS will delay its review of your Just-in-Time application until you receive and submit to us the summary sheet.

Applications for "Just in Time" funding will be accepted on a ROLLING BASIS, with review and notice of funding occurring within 30 days of submission. Funding will be awarded once evidence of appropriate institutional approvals are received, including IRB approval or exemption status.

Funding for "Just in Time" grants is limited to ONE YEAR with a budget cap of $15,000."


Principal Investigators must be clinical, research, or tenure track UIC faculty or must be affiliated with other CCTS partners. CCTS partners include the Jesse Brown VA, Advocate Health Care, and other U of I campuses. Applications from partners must also involve a UIC co-PI. Although adjunct faculty and academic professionals cannot serve as PIs, they may serve as named investigators, collaborators, or key personnel.

Review Criteria

Review criteria includes:

  1. Addresses a topic in clinical and translational research;
  2. Linkage of proposed work to a specific grant proposal (RFA; response to summary statement; proposal in preparation);
  3. Overall scientific merit of the external parent grant proposal;
  4. Clear statement and strong justification of how the proposed pilot data will address limitations or critiques of the external parent grant proposal;
  5. Likelihood of receiving external funding; and
  6. Qualifications and productivity of the PI.

Submission Process

Applications must be submitted electronically.
Click here to complete the application.

Applicants are encouraged but not required to work with theCCTS Cores in the development of their pilot grant proposals. These cores include: Design and Analysis, Clinical Interface, Community Engagement, Biomedical Informatics, and Regulatory Support , Advocacy and Bioethics Core. To access these services, please contact Lauren Walsh at 312-413-7316, or, to discuss your interests and available appointments.

Application Content

  1. Specific Aims for the external parent grant (limit one page)
  2. Description of how the "Just in Time" proposal bolsters the proposed external parent grant application. Indicate if the proposed work is for a competitive renewal application or is in response to a specific RFA (if so, need to provide description), PA, or summary statement (limit ½ page)
  3. Description of the aims and proposed methods for the "Just in Time" proposal (limit 2 pages)
  4. Summary statement of previously reviewed external parent grant, if "Just in Time" proposal is to address critique of summary statement
  5. Budget and budget justification: NIH-style budget is required. (Note: Budget cannot include salary support for any investigator but should specify their time commitment. Post Doc support and student stipends/fringes are eligible expenses. Tuition remission for graduate assistants is allowable at the non-grant remission rate (21%). Approval from the student's home college may be required prior to hiring. Indirect costs are prohibited. Limited travel for purpose of professional meetings or essential collaboration may be approved.)
  6. Timeline for proposed work and for external parent grant submission
  7. For each investigator and key personnel: NIH Biosketch and qualifications (include role on this proposal)

Review process

We invite applicants to submit the names of up to three potential reviewers (who are not in the same division/department as the applicant).