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What are the criteria for evaluating pilot grant applications?

Applications will be evaluated based on traditional criteria (e.g., significance, approach, etc.) as well as the following considerations:
1. Use of an interdisciplinary approach. Projects will be evaluated on how well it brings together investigators from basic and clinical sciences, clinical and population sciences, and/or with expertise from different clinical/translational sciences. The project per se may be interdisciplinary either in its conceptualization and/or application.
2. Inclusion of investigators/collaborators from multiple participating institutions. Meaningful engagement of investigators from multiple GHUCCTS institutions (Georgetown University, Howard University, MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health, DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory) will be a major evaluation criterion. GHUCCTS leadership will be available for consultation or guidance of project development in terms of engagement of investigators with relevant interests and expertise.
3. Addressing a health-relevant problem with potential to impact quality of life, morbidity, mortality, and/or public health. Given the location and missions of GHUCCTS, pilot projects that address health disparities and/or problems specific to under-served and over-burdened populations (e.g., racially and ethnically diverse people residing in urban settings, veterans with a disability, older adults, etc.) will be given additional prioritization.
4. Promising direction for future extramural funding.
5. For experienced investigators, utilization of junior investigator/trainees; for junior investigators, adequate/appropriate mentoring and consultation.