Institutional Centers for Clinical and Translational Research (ICCTR)

ICCTR | Funding | ICCTR Pilot Grant

Population Health Sciences Pilot


Submission deadline: July 14, 2021, by 5 pm.
Award notifications will be sent by Aug. 16, 2021.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach to Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH.

Pilot grants

Once a year, ICCTR provides pilot grants to support Boston Children’s Hospital junior faculty with a focus on population health, broadly defined. Young investigators can be challenged in obtaining funding early in their careers, and small grants can be instrumental.

Funding levels

Research Support/Pilot Grants up to 10K, and up to five grants may be awarded.


The goal of this funding opportunity is to jump-start small projects for early-stage investigators (instructors and assistant professors). We encourage underrepresented minorities (URMs) and those who are re-entering research fields after suspending research careers to apply. To demonstrate progress, we expect every award recipient will submit a related abstract, manuscript, or grant as well as present research findings at a grantee forum.


  • MD, PhD, or equivalent; current primary academic appointment at Boston Children’s
  • Rank: Instructor or Assistant Professor
  • demonstrated excellence in research training, productivity, and a well-defined focus in clinical, and translational research but without substantial independent support.

Review committee

  • Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH (Chair)
  • Jonathan Mansbach, MD, MPH
  • Michael Monuteaux, ScD (statistical reviewer)
  • Bill Meehan, MD, MPH
  • Fabienne Bourgeois, MD, MPH
  • Andrew Place, MD, PhD
  • Biren Modi, MD, MPH
  • Mari Nakamura, MD
  • Mary Beth Son, MD
  • Caleb Nelson, MD, MPH

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach to Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH.

Prior awardees

2021 Grant Awards

PI Division/Department Project
Nicole Baumer, MD, Med Neurology Developing a Denver-II-like Developmental Monitoring Tool for Children with Down Syndrome
Susan Lipsett, MD
Emergency Medicine
Validation of the Novel Pneumonia Risk Score for Children
Katie Moynihan, MD
Cardiology Distribution of Hospitals that Admit Children According to Social Determinants of Health
Corinna Rea, MD, MPH
Children's Hospital Primary Care Center
Understanding Disparities in the Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kevin Scully, MD
Endocrinology A Pilot Study to Test the Safety and Tolerability of a Low Glycemic Load Dietary Intervention in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis
Margaret Stefater, MD, PhD
Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Adolescents Undergoing Bariatric Surgery


2020 Grant Awards

PI Division/Department Project
Kathleen Conroy, MD, Msc General Pediatrics Understanding the Impact of the COVID Emergency on Uptake of Preventive Care Services in Infants 
Todd Lyons, MD, MPH Emergency Medicine Procalcitonin as a Diagnostic Biomarker for Pyogenic Musculoskeletal Infections in Children
Kate Millington, MD Endocrinology Medical Gender Transition as a Novel Approach to Study the Effects of Sex Steroids on Cardiovascular Health
Andrea Stracciolini, MD Orthopedics Feasibility and Efficacy of Physical Literacy Screening Integration into Pediatric Clinical Settings
Ankoor Shah, MD, PhD Ophthalmology Development of evidence-based guidelines for the utility of ophthalmic consultation in confirmed and suspected non-accidental trauma
Brent Weil, MD Surgery Long-term Burden of Major Surgical Procedures in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

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