CHOP RI Mentored Research Pilot Grant

Mentored Research PILOT GRANT for Junior Faculty


The CHOP Research Institute is soliciting pilot grant applications to stimulate new research initiatives between CHOP-based assistant professors and established PIs (based at CHOP or any Penn School). The goal of the initiative is to give assistant professors on the Tenure or Clinician Educator tracks, within the first four years of appointment, additional mentoring and research opportunities. The mentoring PI is required to have a strong track record of mentoring trainees and/or junior faculty to independent research careers. Preference will be given to those applications that rank highly on the potential for the junior PI to transition the award to future federal funding.


Funding will be for one year at $50,000, with the potential for an additional year of funding at $50,000, contingent on success towards the research objectives.


Please submit your letter of intent (one page maximum, minimum font 11 Arial or similar; see suggested format below), along with NIH biosketches for the junior faculty PI and the established PI mentor, to denight [at] (Robert DeNight), Assistant Director, Research Business Operations by Monday, September 30, 2019.


Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by Monday, October 28, 2019.


For further information, contact

Davidsonbl [at] (Beverly Davidson, PhD); brodeur [at] (Garrett Brodeur, MD); or eisenlohrl [at] (Ike Eisenlohr, VMD, PhD)


Format for LOI (total 1 page)

  • Name and affiliation:

  • Project Title:

  • Mentor/Lab environment (2-3 sentences max):

  • Background and Significance:

  • Aims or Milestones (keep in mind the one- or possibly two-year time period of the award)