The Pilot / Exploratory Studies Core promotes scientific innovation by supporting new research.
The Pepper OAIC funds one-or two-year pilot and developmental projects with budgets of up to $50,000 per year, and also small exploratory projects with seed money budgets of up to $10,000. UTMB investigators are encouraged to submit pilot research proposals in the area of aging, physical function and recovery from illness in older adults. Proposals from any domain of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome. Areas of research may include but are not limited to: basic science, clinical trials, patient-centered outcomes, and population health. The purpose of this pilot funding is to support aging-related research that will lead to external funding. Pilot awardees will have access to laboratory, statistical and clinical research resources.