UIHC-CCOM Research Investment Grants

University of Iowa Health Care and the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine announce an internal funding opportunity for UIHC-CCOM Research Investment Grants.


The purpose of this pilot grant program is to provide interim support for investigators who have novel ideas, but need funds to generate essential data required to establish outside sources of funding. This program will target projects that focus on innovative, high reward ideas that have the potential to launch important new scientific discoveries.  


Principal investigators who have submitted NIH proposals (e.g., R01 & R21) and received their summary statement within the past 12 months yet fall outside the funding range.  Collaborative efforts between team members with different research approaches and/or backgrounds are highly encouraged as are proposals that show great promise towards strengthening a PPG application.  Summary statements along with a well-justified plan to improve the proposal must be included to demonstrate how pilot funds could enhance the competitiveness of the project.  

Principal investigator must be a faculty member in the UI Carver College of Medicine.  Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors in the tenure, clinical and research track are encouraged to apply.  Co-investigators may be non-faculty members residing outside the CCOM.  Only a single application is allowed per investigator.

Selection Criteria

  • The novelty of the idea, the potential impact of the research, the scientific approach and the potential for attracting extramural funding. 
  • The applicant’s plan to strengthen the proposed research in response to reviewer critiques to make a more competitive grant application.
  • The applicant’s record of sustained productivity.


Up to $100,000 for R01; Up to $50,000 for R21.

Faculty salary and equipment will not be supported by this pilot grant funding.  A presentation of progress will be required at year one and a summary of grant proposals submitted (including scores and funding decision, if available) will be due after the second year.

Proposal Requirements

  • Introduction that responds to the issues and criticism raised in the summary statement and that outlines a discrete plan to improve the application for resubmission (up to 2 pages)
  • NIH Biosketch (new format) for PI or Co-PI's
  • Copy of the submitted grant application (eApplication).
  • A description of the timeline for the project and targeted grant submissions.
  • Summary Statement
  • Questions should be directed to David Bush.