Pilot Project Program

The DE-INBRE Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP) focuses on providing Delaware’s early stage (ESI) and new
investigators with the critical seed funding and expert mentoring needed to develop research programs that:

  • Answer important research questions relevant to NIH’s mission,
  • Are competitive for subsequent NIH research grants (K, R15, R16, R35, R01, etc.), and
  • Serve as research training sites for Delaware’s undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

Such investment in early-career faculty/clinician scientists is essential to sustain and expand the critical mass of productive
biomedical researchers that Delaware needs to grow its capacity to perform biomedical research and train Delaware’s
biomedical research workforce.

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Types of Funding Offered by the DE-INBRE DRPP Program

Pilot Projects (PPs)
PPs are mentored one-year grants that fund the collection of pilot data needed to support new research directions

DE-INBRE will compete PPs every year and applications will open each summer.

These include:

i) Take-off Awards that prioritize funding of junior investigators while not requiring pilot data

(ii) Booster Awards that help both junior and senior investigators further develop their research ideas into projects competitive for either DE-INBRE Research Projects or other awards

(iii) Delaware Data Science Awards which fund the analysis of Delaware-focused biomedically-relevant datasets such as Medicaid claims, Delaware Health Innovation Network (DHIN) “All Payer claims” data, and hospital-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) from Christiana Care or Nemours Children’s Health Systems.

All three mechanisms aid junior investigators’ path to research independence by funding the generation of key preliminary data necessary to compete successfully for DRPP Research Project and other grants.

Research Projects (RPs)
RPs are mentored two-year grants for new investigators with larger budgets than PPs that are intended to further hone the research/grant writing skills of the RP investigator while they collect the preliminary data necessary to apply and successfully compete for independent research funding mechanisms such as NIH R16, R01, or R35 awards.

RP investigators are prioritized for placement of Student Research Program (SRP) trainees to support the performance of their projects while training Delaware’s undergraduates in biomedical research.