Pilot Project Program

The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health’s (CSAAH) Investigator Development Core, co-led by Lorna Thorpe, PhD, and Thaddeus Tarpey, PhD, aims to increase the number of junior investigators conducting health disparities research, that are inclusive of Asian Americans and expand their capacity to improve health equity through rigorous, community-engaged transdisciplinary research.  The CSAAH’s Pilot Project Program is committed to allocating $150,000 per year to support postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty and early career investigators at NYU School of Medicine for pilot research. Funding is intended to lead to larger scale research applications.

Through funding pilot projects, our Specific Aims are:

  • To establish and sustain a network of well-trained junior investigators with an emphasis on health disparity and minority communities;
  • To provide continuous mentorship and strong technical support to mentees in conducting their pilot projects and enhance their capacity to successfully compete for expanded funding nationally
  • Review and promote research products (manuscripts, proposals, community dissemination materials) to advance CSAAH scientific goals.

There are two award types (10 months):

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Awards –up to $10,000
  • Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigator Awards—up to $30,000

We are currently accepting LOI and proposal applications for the 2020-2021 cycle.

For submission instructions and requirements, please access the links below:

How to Apply

Key Dates

  • February 13, 2020 – Letter of Intent from Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigator due
  • March 19, 2020 – Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigators invited to submit full proposal
  • April 17, 2020 – Proposals from Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty and Early Stage Investigators due
  • May 12, 2020 – Applicants notified
  • September 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 – Award period

Eligibility: Post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other early stage investigators as defined by the NIH at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Questions? Please contact Sadia Mohaimin at Sadia.Mohaimin@nyulangone.org.