Children's Hospital Colorado

Research Funding Opportunities

Primary contact:
Email Claire.Casey@childrenscolorado.org for questions regarding Children's Hospital Colorado's Internal Funding Opportunities. Please note, only one award type may be requested per review cycle.

Requesting a no-cost extension for your internal award? Please apply here.

Research Institute Internal Awards

  • Research Scholar Award (RSA)
  • Bridge Funds
  • Pilot Award
  • Children's Hospital Colorado School of Mines Collaboration Pilot Award

Research Institute Research Scholar Award (RSA) (faculty only)

Due Date: March 1 and September 1 (2 application cycles)
Coming Soon: March 2023 RSA application link

The RSA is available to support early-stage Child Health investigators in their first faculty position. The award is for one year. Second year funding will be considered upon submission of a progress report before the end of first year funding, demonstrating adequate progress. The award requires a letter from a supervisor guaranteeing that the specified percentage of time is protected for research activities (require 75% FTE or 50% FTE for surgeons).

Eligibility and Guidelines

  1. The RSA is intended for early-stage faculty investigators (Instructor/Sr. Instructor or Assistant Professor) within the first five years of their initial faculty appointment. The faculty member’s research must be devoted to child health research, either basic, clinical, translational or health outcomes.
  2. The applicant must identify a mentor who is committed to working with the investigator throughout the course of their project. A letter of support from the mentor must be included with the application.
  3. If a Research Scholar Awardee has, or later obtains, additional research funding that includes salary support, then the RSA award may be prorated.
  4. The RSA award is intended to be used to cover the proportion of the PI's salary/benefits needed to complete the proposed research (usually greater than 75%-time, 50% time for surgeons). However, if salary support is already covered for protected time by other funds, then using the RSA funds to support other aspects of the research will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  5. The applicant’s Department or Division/Section must commit to provide an additional $25,000 per year for research expenses (Letter of support required).
  6. If 50% or more of salary is currently being funded from research-based sources, then the applicant is generally not eligible for the RSA (see #4 above). The proposal must include a detailed description of all Other Support.
  7. An applicant who has received a significant start-up research package (exceeding $300,000) from Children’s Colorado or the University of Colorado is not eligible for the RSA.
  8. The total RSA award is limited to $100,000 direct costs per year for up to two years of funding. No indirect costs are allowed.
  9. A revised resubmitted application must include a one-page Introduction addressing the criticisms of the previous review.
  10. Deadline for applications will be September 1 and March 1 of each year. Funding will begin either on the following January 1 or July 1, depending on which cycle the application is submitted. A progress report will be required before the end of first year funding demonstrating adequate progress before second year funding will be considered.

Progress reports are due to Claire.Casey@childrenscolorado.org by either May 1 or November 1 - whichever is before your 1st year funding anniversary and 2nd year funding anniversary (if 2nd year is applicable).

RSA Deliverable Timeline

Application Deadline

Funding Date

Progress Report Due

September 1

January 1

November 1

March 1

July 1

May 1

Research Institute Bridge Funds (faculty only)

*Please schedule a time to discuss your study with Dr. Fred Suchy by contacting Claire.Casey@childrenscolorado.org.

Funds are available to preserve basic programmatic functions in the period between the loss of one grant and the beginning of another. Funding depends on a high probability of renewal. The award will be granted for the time required for re-application and reviewed by the funding agency, but no longer than 12 months; exceptions to this will be considered on an individual basis and only for one year. An investigator may submit any number of applications, but only one will be funded per calendar year. Awards are available to all regular full- or part-time Children's Hospital Colorado staff.

  • Eligible Principal Investigators (PIs) conducting research at Children's Hospital Colorado or University of Colorado.
  • Preference will be given to investigators with a history of consistent extramural funding.
  • There must be a clear need to maintain a research effort to retain competitive capability.
  • Funds to bridge the grant should be "cost shared" between divisions and the Research Institute.

Research Institute Pilot Award (faculty only)

Due Date:
Not accepting applications for Pilot Awards at this time

Pilot Awards provide financial support for research projects that will allow investigators to obtain data for future extramural research support. The amount awarded is limited to $30,000 and the award lasts for one year with a possible one year extension if approved.

  • Award will support acquisition of preliminary data needed for obtaining extramural funding support. The long-term plan for the project must be clearly described in the proposal.
  • No funding will be provided for travel or to support PI salary.
  • Funding is not to exceed $30,000.
  • Progress reports are due to Claire.Casey@childrenscolorado.org by either March 1 or September 1 - whichever is before your 1st year funding anniversary and 2nd year funding anniversary (if 2nd year is applicable).

    CHCO/School of Mines Collaboration Pilot Award (faculty only)

    Due Date:
    April 1

    Children's Hospital Colorado - University of Colorado/School of Mines Collaboration Pilot Awards provide financial support for research projects that will allow investigators to obtain data for future extramural research support.

    To apply for this award, a Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Investigator must partner with a School of Mines Investigator (.xlsx) and design a pilot project that will likely garner extramural support in the future, advance scientific knowledge applicable to child health, and strengthen the collaboration between our institutions. The amount awarded is limited to $20,000 with half contributed by Colorado School of Mines and half contributed by Children's Hospital Colorado. The award lasts for one year with a possible one year extension, pending a progress report and approval.

    • Award will support acquisition of preliminary data needed for obtaining extramural funding support. The long-term plan for the project must be clearly described in the proposal.
    • No funding will be provided for travel or PI salary.
    • Funding is not to exceed $20,000.
    • Progress reports are due to Claire.Casey@childrenscolorado.org by either March 1 or September 1 - whichever is before your 1st year funding anniversary and 2nd year funding anniversary (if 2nd year is applicable).
    • Apply now

    Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Awards

    CCTSI Pilot Grants

    See available funding opportunities from the CCTSI.

    Other Pilot Funding Opportunities

    Education, training and career development

    CCTSI KL2 (K12) Program

    Directed by Marc Moss, MD, the CCTSI K12 program is a mentored award for training early-career MDs, PhDs, DDSs, PharmDs, and DOs as Clinical-Translational researchers.

    • KL2 Mentored Research Scholar Award Program Request for Applications

    CCTSI TL1 (T32) Program

    Directed by Celia Sladek, PhD, the CCTSI T32 program is a new PhD training track focused on clinical-translational research into human disease processes.

    • TL1 Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program Request for Applications

    Forms

    School of Mines PI List for CHCO (.xlsx)

    Internal Award Budget Template (.xls)