Calls for Proposals

In most years, the ICTS releases a call for proposals once each year, with proposals due in the fall. Note that 2018 is a "gap year" as we await a funding decision on our application for renewed funding from the NIH. Thus, a call for proposals is not currently planned for 2018.

Review Process

Each proposal is reviewed by 2-3 experienced and expert investigators, who score the proposed project for criteria such as feasibility, innovation, and translational potential. Top-scored proposals are then discussed in a face-to-face NIH-style Study Section, and awardees are selected by an ICTS Executive Committee to reflect institutional priorities and scientific merit.

A unique feature of our review process is our participation in the CTSA External Reviewers Exchange Consortium (CEREC), which affords us access to reviewers at 8 partner CTSA's so that we can recruit the best experts and also avoid conflict of interest in the review process. Our CEREC partners include:


The UCI ICTS supports an average of 6 awardees in each round of funding, with approximately $25,000 in direct funds. The goal of the program is to promote collaborations among faculty members on relatively short-term projects, "high-risk/high-yield" pilot research investigations, and research which may lead to breakthrough discoveries and/or large-scale extramural funding. 

Contact for More Information

Margaret Schneider: margaret.schneider@uci.edu/(949) 824-8853

April Bagaporo: abagapor@uci.edu/(714) 456-7524