Target: New and unfunded translational projects that are exploratory, developmental, or clinically-focused pilot and feasibility projects.

Purpose:  Awards cover the cost of CRU-related services.

Awards: There are two types of awards. “Just-in-time” Funding Requests and CRU Services Project Awards. “Just-in-time” Funding Requests are smaller in scope and budget and can be submitted at any time for immediate consideration. CRU Services Project Awards will be evaluated for merit by a review committee using the following criteria:

Science – Is the study approach and scope appropriate for a pilot or developmental study? Is it likely to accomplish its stated goals?

Applicant – Is the investigator new to clinical and translational research? Does the investigator need additional support from a collaborator or experienced clinical investigator?

Feasibility, CRU usage—Is the budget realistic to accomplish stated goals? Are there funds requested that are outside the scope of CRU service awards (e.g., equipment, supplies, salary support) or otherwise inappropriate?

Potential for growth and future funding – Is the rationale for the science compelling? Is there a plan for further funding?

Fit with UWMDI priorities: Is the relevance to the mission of the UWMDI clear and appropriate?

Funding: Maximum award amount of $25K for a CRU Services Project Award. $10K for CRU Services “Just-in-time” Funding Request.

Funds available: The CRU expects to make 1-2 Project Awards annually, with the remainder dedicated to “Just-in-time” Funding Requests up to a total commitment of $75K annually.

Duration of award: One year.


Funds are available to support the development and initiation of new studies in humans in the area of diabetes and related conditions that utilize CRU resources.

Rank: Postdoctoral Fellows and above. Must be UWMDI trainee or affiliate or become affiliated at initiation of award.

Restrictions: Funds cannot be used to supplement or support funded projects, but may extend the aims or add CRU-related procedures that would otherwise not be possible. Applicant may not be a recipient of a Service Award within the current fiscal year or of a UWMDI Pilot and Feasibility Award for the same work.

Allowable costs: Proposed funds should go toward service costs at the CRU with limited exceptions.

Pre-application: applicants must discuss the proposed project with CRU staff prior to submitting application to ensure the project is appropriate for CRU funding and receive feedback on design and execution.

Post-doctoral fellows or faculty new to translational research are expected to involve an experienced collaborator or indicate a plan to develop collaborations during the award process.

Application Components

Title page

  • Lay abstract (which will be made publicly available)
  • The relevance to the mission of the UWMDI
  • Clinical relevance to people with diabetes or related conditions (1-2 sentences)


A 2-page project description detailing

  • Brief rationale and aims
  • Research approach. Include study design, participants, procedures, and analysis plan. While formal power calculations are not required given the pilot and feasibility nature of the Awards, justification for the scope of what is being proposed is helpful.
  • Future plans. How will these data be used for future grant submissions? What is the timeline for grant submission?


  • 1-year project period
  • Budget justification including proposal for CRU-use
  • Majority of funds should be allocated to UWMDI CRU services, funds may also be allocated to NORC/DRC services, as appropriate.
  • Limited funds may be used for required non-CRU costs such as research subject reimbursements.
  • “Just-in-time” Funding Requests can be modular (i.e., no detailed budget required) in $2500K increments