Chancellor's Pilot Awards

Program Overview

The purpose of Chancellor’s Pilot Awards is to support preliminary data analyses in preparation for grant proposal submissions. Chancellor’s Pilot Awardees will receive a $4,800 voucher valid for up to 50 hours of Biostatistician time (20 PhD + 30 MS) and up to 10 hours of support from the Center for Biomedical Informatics to set up or manage data collection. Vouchers will be valid for one project for up to one year from award.

Who is elligible?

All regular UTHSC faculty who require data analyses in preparation for a grant proposal are eligible to receive a Chancellor’s Pilot. Awards are limited to one per faculty member per 12 month period.

How do I apply?

A brief proposal (see Proposal Requirements) must be submitted by 5 pm on the first day of each month to

For your convenience we have prepared a Microsoft Word template in the required format of the Pilot Award.

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Review Process

  • Two members of the BERD Unit, in addition to an expert on the proposal's subject matter, will review applications according to review criteria, prepare feedback and score applications (see Review Criteria and Scoring Guidelines). You will need to submit names of three individuals at UTHSC who would be qualified, in terms of subject matter, to review your proposal.
  • Applications receiving an average score of ≤ 5 will receive a pilot award
  • Applications receiving an average score of ≥ 6 will be returned with comments; faculty may resubmit
  • Before funding, all projects must have IRB, IACUC or IBC (if applicable) approvals.

Proposal Requirements

  1. Face Page – listing faculty member applying for the Chancellor’s Pilot Award, Title, UTHSC email address (required), and title of the project
  2. Summary of proposal (250 word limit)
  3. Biosketch – provide NIH biosketch for the applicant faculty member
  4. Body of grant proposal (3 page limit)
    1. Background/Statement of the Problem
    2. Data – detailed description of the data or data collection plan (consider tables)
    3. Specific Aims – Purpose of the Pilot Study
    4. Data analysis plan
    5. Proposed grant plans – describe any specific FOA or target agency, how data analysis will enhance future grant submission

Review Criteria

  1. Clear and well-articulated: does the applicant clearly state aims, hypotheses, what they hope to test or look for in the data?
  2. Feasible: if applicant is going to collect data, is their collection plan reasonable and feasible? Are the proposed methods feasible, given the data collected?
  3. Sound study design: is the proposed approach optimal, given the available study subjects, data, resources, etc.?
  4. Power: is the proposed sample size large enough to address the research question posed?
  5. Analytical Approach: is the proposal analytical approach reasonable?

Scoring Guidelines

The following scoring template will be used by reviewers:








Exceptionally strong with essentially no weaknesses



Extremely strong with negligible weaknesses



Very strong with only some minor weaknesses



Very Good

Strong but with numerous minor weaknesses



Strong but with at least one moderate weakness



Some strengths but also some moderate weakness




Some strengths but with a least one major weakness



A few strengths and a few major weaknesses



Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses


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