CTRU Seed Grant Program Announced

The Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus supports faculty who wish to conduct sponsored clinical studies that advance the understanding and treatment of human diseases. For students and health sciences trainees, the unit provides opportunities to learn how laboratory discoveries are translated into improved patient outcomes.

Competitive seed grant funds, enabled by the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership, are available up to $50,000 to support pilot studies based in the CTRU.  Priority will be given to proposals that either:

  • Make a compelling case for generating preliminary data to enhance a specific external grant proposal (applicants must commit to applying to one or more specific grant mechanisms by the specified deadlines and should identify specific RFP/PA when possible); or
  • Generate required data for meeting reviewer recommendations for a grant resubmission (applicants should identify specific criticisms and indicate how the proposed studies will address these criticisms).

CTRU-funded proposals will be required to use budgeted funds by June 1, 2017.  For this reason, proposed studies should already have IRB approval with modifications to include utilization of the CTRU either approved or in process, and should plan to complete study subject participation by June 2017.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted up to 5 p.m. on September 9, 2016.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility: These awards are available to UGA and AU/UGA Medical Partnership faculty members.

How to Apply: Please send proposals, limited to no more than two pages and with a maximum budget of $50,000 or less, to CTRU@uga.edu as a single PDF file by the deadline of Sept. 9, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.  Reviews will be completed by September 23, 2016.

The following format should be followed for the preparation of a proposal:


Investigators and Departments: contact information of the PI/Co-PIs (email and phone #)

Project narrative:

  1. Abstract (written with educated, non-experts in mind)
  2. Specific Aims/Hypothesis
  3. Rationale and Significance
  4. Approach (including utilization of CTRU)
  5. Project Timeline
  6. Budget
  7. Key References Cited (not included in page limit)

Selection Process: Proposals will be reviewed by a CTRU Scientific Review Panel.  Proposals will be judged on the basis of their competitiveness for the indicated funding opportunity. Criteria will include the strength of the research team, quality of science, utilization of the CTRU, potential impact and leverage potential for a major research project, probability of obtaining specific aims of the proposed project, and budget.

Questions: Contact Brad Phillips, bgp@uga.edu or 706-542-5317.