Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC): Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program Overview

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 P/F 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 Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes 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.
  • The Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program (DISP) is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote new interdisciplinary collaboration between TWO or more members of the University of Michigan faculty from DISTINCT disciplines to focus their combined research strengths on cutting-edge areas in diabetes research. The intent is to foster synergistic collaboration between faculty members to advance scientific inquiry.
  • The Regional Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and University of Toledo faculty, and to promote collaboration among investigators at these regional institutions and MDRC members at The University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance communication and collaboration among diabetes investigators within the region, 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

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

Remember to cite the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) in publications as follows:
“The project described was supported by Grant Number P30DK020572 (MDRC) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases”