Pilot Grants Program

SCTR supports a number of different mechanisms that represent the translational spectrum - from basic science to population health - including patient-centered and community-engaged research. Early Career Investigators are strongly encouraged to apply for pilot grant on their pathway to research independence.

Discovery and High-Innovation High Reward grants are part of the PTC portfolio. Other pilot grants are offered in collaboration with the Team Science and Community Engagement Programs and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Some opportunities have rolling submission deadlines and others have specific requests for applications (RFAs) issued throughout the year.

Discovery Grants

SCTR’s Discovery Grants facilitate new and innovative, high-impact translational research. The primary objectives are to support new and innovative, scientifically meritorious projects to collect critical preliminary data for submission of extramural grant applications and to publish research findings. We place a premium on interdisciplinary team science and new collaborations. The grant application requires new and interdisciplinary team collaboration with at least one Co-Investigator/Collaborator from a different discipline. RFA is typically released during the Fall and Spring of each year. 

(Budget $25,000; 12 months) 

Telehealth Pilots

Telehealth pilot grants 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an ID/IP team approach and include investigators from more than one South Carolina institution/organization.

(Budget $25,000; 12 months)

Cristin Adams, DO, Assistant Professor
MUSC College of Medicine, Family Medicine

Project Title: Iterative intervention development and feasibility testing of a smoking cessation e-visit for individuals experiencing homelessness


Lauren Demosthenes, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Prisma Health-Upstate
USC School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Project Title: A comparison of standard office based postpartum BP monitoring to a text based remote self BP monitoring program in the management of maternity patients with a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy


Claire Macgeorge, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor
MUSC College of Medicine, Pediatrics

Project Title: Improving Pediatric ADHD Management with Virtual Check-ins: A Study of Utilization and Acceptability


Nandita Nadig, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor
MUSC College of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Project Title:  Stressors of Inter-ICR Transfer: Family Centered Care through Telehealth

High Innovation-High Reward Pilots

This funding mechanism supports new and interdisciplinary pilot projects that propose substantial development of intellectual property and/or commercialization opportunities. Applications are received on a "rolling" basis and will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks of submission. When an application is submitted please notify Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D. by email.

(Budget $10,000; 12 months)



Current High Innovation-High Reward Projects

Robert Adams, M.D.

Project Title: Optimizing Zeriscope for PTSD Clinical Studies (OPUS)


David Turner, Ph.D.
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Project Title: Characterization of race specific primary prostate cancer cell lines for commercialization 



Other Funding