Pilot and Feasibility

The specific aim of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center and the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Study Grants Programs is to stimulate new research at the University of Michigan in the areas of diabetes, its complications and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.

Research may be in areas of basic biomedical science, behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic or health services research -- or in areas related to the development of methodologies for training patients and health care professionals.

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program provides a minimum of $250,000 per year for P/F grant awards and $100,000 per year for Regional P/F grant awards. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to enable awardees to generate a sufficient body of preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from the National Institutes of Health or other national granting agencies. During the history of the Michigan program, more than one-half of Pilot/Feasibility projects awarded developed into fruitful extramurally-funded research programs.

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Mini Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program will provide up to $7,500 to support the diabetes-related research of MDRC members at the University of Michigan by funding the use of eligible services provided by MDRC cores to generate new reagents or data in support of a specific grant application or manuscript, or to initiate a new research direction. A second priority of the program is to encourage the use of MDRC core services by MDRC members who have not used them previously.

The Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program provides a minimum of $50,000 per year for P/F grant awards. Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.

A major virtue of the P/F grant program is that it attracts investigators from the various schools and institutes throughout the University of Michigan and, in doing so, has been a major force in forging the Centers into interdisciplinary units.

The 2019-20 William and Delores Brehm Research Award in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Brehm T1D), administered by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), will provide up to $50,000 to support research in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.

Key Personnel

MDRC:

Christin Carter-Su, PhD, Associate Director, Co-Director of Pilot and Feasibility Study Program, Director of Enrichment Program
cartersu@umich.edu, 734-647-2126
Mehboob A. Hussain, MD, Co-Director of Pilot and Feasibility Study Program
mehboob@umich.edu, 734-647-5400
Sarah Cain, Administrative Assistant Senior
cains@umich.edu, 734-763-2561

MCDTR:

William H. Herman, MD, MPH, Director, MCDTR
wherman@umich.edu, 734-936-8279
Pamela A. Campbell, Administrative Specialist Associate
pamcamp@umich.edu, 734-763-5730