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Integrating Special Populations Pilot Award

Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Pilot Program provides grant funding and other support for clinical and translational research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. The objective of this pilot program is to support new and innovative ideas that will lead to externally funded awards. The Frontiers ISP Pilot Award addresses this goal by providing funds to help investigators carry out early-stage research addressing our primary aims 1. Improve health outcomes across the lifespan through multidisciplinary, multi-organizational teams that include patients, caregivers, clinicians, scientists, and other stakeholders and 2. Improve rare disease health outcomes by leveraging input from all stakeholders in study design.

One award is given annually for $25,000.

ISP Research Focus Areas

  • Consequences of Maternal-Fetal-Child, and Adolescent disorders and socio-economic disparities on the health of adults and older adults.
  • Supporting Transitions of Care from childhood to young adult and adult to older adult.
  • Incorporating participants who are older adults or rural residents in drug and other intervention development and testing.
  • Addressing unique challenges of rare diseases and improving access to care and other resources for families in rural and underserved communities.

ISP Research Plan Template


This 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 Kansas Health System
• University of Missouri-Kansas City
• Kansas City University
• Children’s Mercy Kansas City
• Kansas State University

Principal Investigators (PIs) are allowed to apply for more than one funding mechanism but will only be awarded one award annually. Applicants may serve as PI on only one application but may be included as collaborators on any number of applications.

Applications are invited from multidisciplinary teams comprised of faculty investigators from Frontiers partner institutions.

Key Dates

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