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Frontiers Pilot Program

The Lauren S. Aaronson Frontiers Clinical and Translational Research Pilot Program provides grant funding and other support to grow interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated clinical and translational research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. The Frontiers Pilot Award Program is supported by and aligned with the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program, which focuses on advancing clinical and translational science (CTS).

Six one-year pilot projects will receive up to $50,000 each in grant support. The objective of this pilot program is to support new and innovative ideas that will lead to externally funded awards.


This opportunity is open to principal investigators who are eligible to receive federal funding and employed by any Frontiers partner institution:·

University of Kansas Medical Center (all campuses)

University of Kansas

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City University

Children's Mercy Kansas City

St. Luke's Health System

Kansas State University

Community organizations are encouraged to collaborate with academic partners to develop and submit an application. Established principal investigators may apply but should strongly justify how the pilot project is a new line of inquiry. Principal investigators who have received a previous Frontiers Pilot Award may submit an LOI, but should describe detailed outcomes from previous funding and why this pilot funding is vital for the extension of previous work or for a new area of investigation.

Applicants may serve as PI on only one application but may be included as collaborators on any number of applications.

If you have questions about any of the funding opportunities available through Frontiers please contact us at or 913-588-6290.

Key Dates

Key Dates: 

Letter of Interest (LOI) Deadline: TBA

All questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Natalia Loskutova, MD, PhD, Frontiers Pilot Program Administrator at

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