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Pilot Grants

Application Process:

Letter of Intent (LOI): Due date TBD

Potential applicants will be asked to submit a 1-2-page Letter of Intent (LOI) identifying the partner LHS, the stakeholder identified priority area, and a brief description of the pilot aims and general methods. Applicants also will be asked to submit an NIH biosketch for the PI. The Pilot Studies leadership will evaluate the LOIs and select those that are relevant to LeaRRn’s theme and goals and have potential for future funding to submit a full application.

Full Application

The Pilot Studies leadership will invite the top 50th percentile applicants to submit full applications. Highest priority will be given to pilot studies that address LHS research questions identified in the RFA with a detailed and appropriate mentorship plan. Pilot proposals should include:

  • Structured cover page
  • Project Summary
  • Specific Aims (1-page)
  • Research Strategy (6-pages) with the following sections: significance, preliminary work if any, innovation, methods, and timeline)
  • Budget and budget justification ($30,000 maximum over up to two years)
  • Mentors will receive a flat rate honorarium for their support which does not need to be included in the budget
  • Biosketches of key personnel
  • Letters of support from the collaborating health system and the LHS mentor.

Notification of award:  TBD

Successful applicants will need to secure IRB approvals  and negotiate subcontract requirements before funding begins.

The mentored Pilot Studies Program is a vital testing ground for talented researchers to work directly with health systems and mentors to fine tune LHS rehabilitation research projects. Rehabilitation implementation scientists working with a Learning Health System (LHS) through the Pilot Studies Program will tackle small research projects to identify avenues for advancement of evidence-based practices.

LeaRRn will accept pilot studies that address LHS research questions identified in the Request for Funding Announcement (RFA) according to one of the following thematic areas:

  1. stakeholder engagement
  2. improvement and implementation, and/or
  3. health systems/health economics

LeaRRn will support pilot studies of up to 2 years in length with total costs no greater than $40,000 per study, inclusive of indirect. LeaRRn faculty members will provide mentorship for pilot studies.


Drs. Theresa Shireman and Linda Resnik oversee the Pilot Studies Program. 

Mentorship Pool

LeaRRn has identified a strong, interdisciplinary group of potential mentors with depth and experience across the LHS research competencies.

Request for Applications

Requests for applications will target high priority domains specified by partners in our LHS innovation Hub. Our first RFA for pilot funding will be posted soon.