Translational Research Pilot Grant

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


Johanna Salazar,



Award cycle:


Funding available:

up to $25,000


  • Project proposals may be submitted by any IU Bloomington faculty member.
  • All projects in any discipline directly related to moving IU Bloomington research or scholarly activities closer to commercialization are eligible.
  • Projects must be based on discoveries that have been submitted via an Invention Disclosure.


  • Project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered and can be used to support research in the applicant’s laboratory or for purchased services from IU core facilities or external vendors.

Proposal requirements

Pilot Grant applications will be assessed for their scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery, and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property. Project descriptions should clearly and concisely describe the research objectives, research strategy, and how the expected outcomes will enhance commercialization activities for the discovery being developed.

Application sections include:

Cover Letter (one page)

  • Title of project
  • Principal investigator(s) and all faculty collaborators on project
  • Departments/schools
  • Fiscal officer or grant officer in your department/school
  • Performance site: List building and room number(s) where project will be completed
  • Total budget requested (see below)
  • Invention Disclosure title and number
  • Project summary of no more than 250 words, including a brief description of the discovery being developed, specific aims, research strategy, and an explicit statement of how the project will enhance commercial activities.

Research Plan (three pages maximum)

  • Goals: Provide a concise description of the long-term goals for development of the discovery (e.g. licensing, establishing a new company) and how the project will enhance the completion of these goals. The strength of this statement is a critical component during review.
  • Specific aims
  • Research strategy: Provide a concise description of the research approaches and methods that will be used to complete the specific aims. Include unpublished preliminary data if necessary to support rationale for the proposed research strategy.
  • References (only essential references need be included)

Letters of Support

  • Letters from potential industry partners or investors describing their interest in the discovery and the importance of the proposed project may be included.


  • Budgets must be summarized using the provided budget template. Be sure to include the PI name, project title, and project period information on the header.
  • Unallowable expenses:
  • Salary support lead PI faculty salaries. (Partial support of research staff and students is allowed.)
  • Payment of internal consultants as additional pay
  • Travel to meetings or conferences
  • Routine lab equipment (exception if the equipment is essential and there are no existing IU resources for said equipment)
  • Project period maximum is one year. Extensions will be granted only after review and approval of extenuating circumstances detailed in a written request.

Budget Justification (one page maximum including quotes)

  • Provide details outlining the estimated costs for specific expenditures anticipated for the project. Provide a quote from the core facility or vendor that will be utilized for any purchased services.

Biographical Sketch (four pages maximum)

  • Biographical sketches must be provided in either the NIH or NSF formats and should include a brief summary of any previous commercialization activities relevant to the project.

Project Report

A summary report describing technical progress and a financial accounting of funds spent will be due one month after the completion of the project.