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Pilot Projects

SCTR Institute

SCTR will facilitate new and innovative, interdisciplinary, high-impact translational research with emphasis on diseases demonstrating significant prevalence in South Carolina. SCTR supports applications across the translational spectrum - from basic science to population health - including patient-centered and community-engaged applications as well as applications from Early Career Investigators to shorten the time to research independence.

SCTR Funding Opportunities

South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) Telehealth Translational Research Pilot Project Grants

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) has allocated funds for pilot project awards of up to $25,000 direct costs for a 12-month project period for telehealth-based1 pilot projects that aim to accelerate the adoption, utilization, and investigation of telehealth interventions in South Carolina.

The primary objectives of the funding are to support South Carolina clinicians and researchers in their efforts to develop innovative, scientifically meritorious telehealth projects with an overarching objective of collecting preliminary data for subsequent submission of extramural grant applications as well as publication and dissemination of their research findings. We place a premium on interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional (ID/IP) team science, and cross-institutional and/or organizational collaborations. Therefore, if you are applying for this grant mechanism, you are strongly encouraged to take an ID/IP team approach and include investigators from more than one South Carolina institution/organization. This RFA does not preclude submitting new and innovative project ideas from existing investigator teams. However, the novelty of the research direction needs to be clearly distinguished from the Principal Investigator’s and research team’s past and current research. Further, we encourage submission of applications that may have resulted from SCTA collaborations and/or South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) held scientific retreat/s.

Telehealth (PDF) may be defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

  • Applications that are responsive to select priorities outlined in the SCTA Strategic Plan will be prioritized including research applications focused on rural health, mental health, education/training, and telehealth outcomes research.
  • Applicants are encouraged to review the SCTA’s Vision statements and develop aligning research proposals. This includes emphasis on underserved communities, quality of care, collaboration, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Please note that the Telehealth Pilot Project Grants will not be awarded to applicants seeking to establish or sustain telehealth services unless embedded in a rigorous scientific proposal.
  • A Telehealth Research Services Consult for the potential applicants are available and can be requested via SPARC (listed under the MUSC tab, under SCTR).


Principal Investigator must have a primary faculty appointment (at the Assistant Professor level or above) at a South Carolina research institution.

RFA Release: February 20, 2019
Pre-application (required) Due: by 5 PM EST, Friday March 22, 2019

Please submit your pre-application using the ‘Apply’ button listed below.
Pre-applicants will be notified with the decisions whether to submit Full applications.

Request for Telehealth Consultation for Full Application Submission (Required): by 5PM on Friday, May 8, 2019
Full Application Due: by 5PM on Friday (EST), May 24, 2019

Earliest Anticipated Project Start Date: July 1, 2019



Cheryl Grant, Telehealth Outcomes Coordinator



High Innovation-High Reward Pilots

($10K / 12 months)



To support new and interdisciplinary pilot projects that propose substantial development of intellectual property and/or commercialization opportunities.

Applications can be submitted on a "rolling" basis and will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks.
When an application is submitted please notify Dayan Ranwala at the email address below.

Once an application is submitted, the applicant SHOULD notify Dayan Ranwala using the email address below.


Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D. -


National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NC NM4R) Pilot Project Grants Application Request 2019-2020 Funding Cycle


The principal goal of the NC NM4R Pilot Studies Program is to provide short-term funding for scientifically meritorious, new, and innovative projects through a competitive program with open solicitation and peer review. The program will focus on enabling junior, mid-level, or senior faculty to explore an area that is distinct from their currently funded research or to expand their areas of biomedical research using neuromodulatory methodologies supported by the NC NM4R.


Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Date: December 3, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Invitation to Submit Sent: December 17, 2018
Budget for Review Due Date: January 28, 2019
Application Due Date: February 18, 2019 (11:59pm EST)
Anticipated Award Date: July 1, 2019


Please email Cindy Gittinger for questions. 



SCTR Extramural Grant Review Assistance


  • To provide help for the MUSC investigators who are submitting extramural grant applications.
  • To increase the quality of the extramural grant application submissions and success of getting them funded.


SCTR Internal Scientific Review of Extramural Grant Application

Instructions (PDF)


Limited to MUSC Faculty; Internal SCTR/MUSC scientific review of an extramural grant application (NIH K-series, R-series, U-series, NSF applications)

Application Due Date: Minimum 6 weeks before the extramural grant application due to MUSC ORSP

Once an application is submitted, the applicant SHOULD notify Dayan Ranwala using the email address below.

Contact: Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D. -


External Review of Extramural Grant Application

Instructions (PDF)


Limited to MUSC Faculty; To engage an external expert to review an extramural grant application following SCTR internal approval* (NIH R-series, K-series, P-series, U-series, NSF applications)

* SCTR will make decisions whether to send these applications for external expert reviews based on the needs of the application.

Application Due Date: Minimum 6 weeks before the extramural grant application due to MUSC ORSP

Once an application is submitted, the applicant SHOULD notify Dayan Ranwala using the email address below.

Contact: Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D. -

Funded Pilot Projects

For information on funded pilot projects, contact Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D., at


Other Funding


Perry V. Halushka, Ph.D.

Kevin Gray, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D.
Associate Director