To address an earlier silo effect where researchers were locked into categories such as early versus late phase, basic versus clinical science, the multitude of BU institutional pilot support mechanisms were brought together under the remit of the CTSI. The result is an integrated approach to biomedical pilot grants: the Pilot Translational and Clinical (PTC) Studies Program. The centralized review process prevents duplicate applications and funding overlaps and shifts applications to the most suitable pilot program to ensure funds are used effectively.

Funds are targeted in two ways: at projects originating from our Affinity Research Collaboratives (ARCs) and for collaborative pilot grants with other CTSA hubs.

Funding applications are streamlined online and scored with a standardized methodology. A dynamic aspect of the process is that reviewers mentor applicants whose grants were not accepted, offering guidance on the form and content of grant writing to increase their chances of success the next time around.