Pilot & Feasibility Program

The Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR) seeks to translate research of proven efficacy into clinical and community settings, with the goal of improving prevention and treatment of diabetes in Native populations. The CAIANDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support research consistent with this mission.

Pilot Grant Opportunities


We are currently soliciting applications for two separate pilot grant programs:
  1. The CAIANDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program seeks to identify early-stage investigators (ESIs) of great potential and support them through a discrete secondary analysis project, submission of a manuscript for publication, and development of a grant proposal.
  2. The Collaborative National DRC/CDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program is intended to foster collaborative efforts between investigators from two or more Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs) and/or Centers for Diabetes Translational Research (CDTRs) at different institutions. The Program supports pilot projects and mini-grants targeting aspects of COVID-19 disease that are related to diabetes, obesity, or metabolism at the basic, clinical or community levels.

CAIANDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program


The CAIANDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program provides support for ESIs committed to conducting translational research related to diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. During this 18-month research and training program, funded investigators will:

  1. complete and publish a secondary analysis project relevant to diabetes in AI/ANs (Months 1-12) and
  2. develop a grant application seeking larger-scale funding for their research efforts (Months 13-18).

This funding opportunity provides 18 months of support. The budget should not exceed $37,500 in direct costs.

Successful applications will be those that hold promise of benefiting Native people, are scientifically meritorious, are feasible within the time and resources available, and represent an early step in an innovative line of inquiry that can continue beyond this initial investment.

Application & Review Timeline

    Not currently accepting applications

    Collaborative National DRC/CDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program


    The Collaborative National DRC/CDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program is intended to foster collaborative efforts between investigators from two or more Diabetes Research Centers (DRCs) and/or Centers for Diabetes Translational Research (CDTRs) at different institutions. For example, applications can be between two DRCs, two CDTRs, or projects between a DRC and CDTR member investigators. However, a DRC and CDTR collaboration from the same institution is not allowed, unless another DRC or CDTR key collaboration is part of the application. The NIH website provides information about and links to all of the DRCs and CDTRs. Applications must target aspects of COVID-19 disease that are related to diabetes, obesity, or metabolism at the basic, clinical, or community levels. 

    The program provides funding to support for pilot grants and mini-grants. Pilot grants are limited to $100,000 in direct costs. Funds are currently available for 1-year, but it is anticipated that additional funds will become available for a second year of funding. Mini-grants are one-time, one-year awards and are not renewable. The budget for mini-grants is limited to $10,000 in direct costs.

    Application Materials

    Application & Review Timeline

      Not currently accepting applications

      Previously Funded Projects