Pilot Awards: Where Translation Begins

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Our goal

Each year, OCTRI awards pilot project funding to exceptional clinical and translational research projects. The goal of the Pilot Awards is to foster exciting science and innovation, providing support for preliminary data generation and stimulating the development of translational research.

Our process

Awardees are evaluated throughout their research project based on their reporting of progress and outcomes. This includes the tracking of publications, new grant funding, and commercialization outcomes derived from pilot funding. Most awardees also report qualitatively on project impact and list other forms of results dissemination. Investigator feedback and project outcome data are used to improve program management and guide decisions about future program iterations and initiatives. 

View OCTRI's Innovation Programs and Awards Report 2019 to learn more.

Open funding opportunities

Biomedical Innovation Program Device, Diagnostic, & Software

  • Apply now! 
  • Applications due September 27, 2023
  • Award amount: up to $40,000
  • This funding opportunity is intended for developing medical device, diagnostic, and software technologies that address a significant clinical problem, achieve cost savings, improve research efficiency, or improve quality of patient care. 

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Jubera, Senior Project Manager; jubera@ohsu.edu

IDEA Gap Funding

  • Apply now! 
  • Applications due quarterly
  • Award amount: up to $40,000
  • For previously disclosed technologies that could benefit from a targeted grant to bridge a critical gap or achieve a significant milestone toward commercialization 

The Innovation Development and Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) Gap Fund is a partnership between OHSU Innovates and OCTRI. Please contact Jonathan Jubera at oce@ohsu.edu with questions.

Mobile Apps for Clinical Studies (MACS)

  • Apply now!
  • Award amount: up to $5,000 
  • Use REDCap to create a direct-to-patient clinical research "app" or to collect preliminary data

OCTRI & Business Oregon Phase 0 Program 

  • Apply a minimum of 4 weeks prior to SBIR/STTR due date
  • Award amount: up to $5,000 
  • Receive SBIR/STTR application support for strategy, writing, and business plan development

Questions? Please contact OCTRI Senior Project Manager, Jonathan Jubera; jubera@ohsu.edu.

Upcoming pilot award opportunities

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