Pilot Award Funding

Pilot Award Funding

Pilot Award Program & Funding

The Investigator Development Core is the cornerstone of the Forge AHEAD Center. A rigorous Pilot & Feasibility Scholars Program has been established to prepare and mentor investigators to develop innovative health equity research that applies a precision public health approach (i.e., translational community and clinical programs that provide the right treatment to the right population at the right time). 

The Pilot & Feasibility Scholars Program will provide seed support for research projects focused on stakeholder-engaged intervention development, clinical outcomes, implementation and dissemination (T3) and outcomes and effectiveness in populations (T4). Funding is available for up to 10 pilot awards per year. Designated funding is available for up to 3 additional pilot awards focused specifically on health equity in cardiometabolic disease in people living with HIV. 


Benefits of Becoming a Forge AHEAD Scholar

Forge AHEAD Scholars are provided a mentoring team upon selection into the pilot program, given opportunities to disseminate study results to the scientific and local communities, and offered strategies and assistance to advance the pilot studies to competitive grant applications.

Scholars from across the Southern United States participate in hybrid training programs designed to foster their career development, complement the execution of pilot research, and engage and network with peers.

Program Timeline

RFA disseminated February 1, 2023
Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Date April 25, 2023
Invitation for Full Application July 2023
Full Application Due Date September 2023
Scientific Merit Review Process September – October 2023
Notification of Award November 2023
Earliest Start Date (Tentative) January 1, 2024
Award period (Tentative) January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024


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