Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award

Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award

The Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award is an initiative of the Jefferson Committee on Research (JCOR), awarded through the Office of the Provost. Specific goals of the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award are to foster collaborative research and team science, and to develop clinical research topics that have been minimally explored at TJU.

This award mechanism is designed to foster new collaborative efforts between clinicians, clinical researchers, and/or basic science researchers by promoting clinician engagement in research. This award provides the opportunity for collaborative teams to obtain clinical research data to justify a more expansive study funded by extramural sources. Thus, projects must show evidence of having potential to significantly improve the competitiveness of a subsequent extramural grant application. Projects must also contribute to departmental, college, programmatic, university, or institutional missions.

Eligibility for Submission

Faculty from all of Jefferson’s Colleges and Campuses are encouraged to submit proposals on clinical research, which for this funding mechanism will be defined as research involving human subjects.  Typically such research requires IRB approval. However, the award will also consider proposals in which samples/cells/tissue/data obtained from human subjects are appropriately de-identified enabling the TJU IRB to judge the proposed study as “Not Human Subjects Research.” 

Research Teams

Research teams must include at least 2 key people (co-PIs or one PI and at least one co-I) of different disciplines across clinicians, clinical researchers, and basic scientists. Projects with new collaborative teams and research topics understudied at Jefferson are strongly encouraged.


All documents will be submitted via InfoReady.

Please note that only applicants with an approved pre-application will be permitted to submit a full proposal.


PRE-APPLICATION: Note that a Pre-application is Required. 

Deadline for Submission of Letter of Intent: February 28, 2021 (see instructions on web page)
Notification of invitation to submit a full application
: May 1, 2021

FULL PROPOSAL Submission date May 1, 2021

Award notification: TBA
Award dates:  TBA
Award range: Up to $25,000
Length of award: Up to 12 months; funds must be spent by end of fiscal year (June 30). Total of award will not exceed $25K.

Review & Funding Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award committee members. The Review process may also include input from Jefferson research faculty with relevant expertise.
  • Funding recommendations will be made by JCOR Clinical Research Pilot Award Subcommittee to the Provost.
  • Final funding decisions will be made by the Office of the Provost
  • Funded proposals will be required to submit a progress report at six months and a final report 3 months after funding ends. Download Progress Report 

Questions regarding the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award may be addressed to:

JCOR Committee on Clinical Research Pilot Program
c/o Benjamin Johnson

Provost's Pilot Clinical Research Awardees

Bin Wang, Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
"Pathogenic role of oxidized PTH osteoporosis"

Paul Chung, Urology
"Contrast enhanced Ultrasonography for the Evaluation of Urethral Stricture Disease"

Mark Curtis, Pathology
"Characterization of CSF Cytokine and Exosome Profile for Infections, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Skull Base Diseases"

Angela Gerolamo, Nursing
"Understanding why Jefferson home care patients seek unscheduled acute care: can a telehealth intervention keep patients at home?"

Nathan Handley, Medical Oncology
"Patient and Provider Perceptions of Telehealth I Medical Oncology"

Therese Johnston, Physical Therapy
"The effects of Saddle Position and Stance width on Force and movement at the knee during cycling"

Ryan Tomlinson, PhD
“The Molecular Basis of Persistent Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty” 

Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA
“Factors related to stress fractures in female runners and ballet dancers “