Pilot & Feasibility
Study in the Spotlight
The Diabetes Center Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program provides seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic biomedical, clinical and translational research questions relevant to diabetes and its complications.
The P&F program is designed to support:
- New investigators
- Established investigators new to diabetes research
- Established diabetes investigators pursuing high impact/high risk projects or projects that are a significant departure from their usual work
Individual Center P&F programs may also be structured to provide support for establishing interdisciplinary collaborations and to help forge new partnerships between basic scientists and clinical researchers. Expanded P&F programs enhance communication and collaboration with investigators at partnering institutions within the region.
To assist P&F Directors with navigating the complex review and award process, general guidelines have been established for P&F Program management.
- Defining 'Best Practices' for the Process of Managing Pilot and Feasibility Awards at NIDDK Diabetes Research Centers
Expanded P&F Program
The principal goal of an Expanded P&F program is to provide NIDDK Diabetes Center P&F opportunities to diabetes researchers at institutions that are not currently served by an NIDDK Diabetes Research Center. To broaden the scope and reach of the DRC P&F program, a Center serves a wider scientific community by providing a P&F program to researchers at non-DRC affiliated regional hospitals or institutions.