Pilot and Feasibility Program


The Pilot and Feasibility Study (P&F) Program provides one year of funding to new investigators or established scientists to provide an opportunity to test new hypotheses, collect preliminary data and develop these projects into a related, independently funded research project. The goal of the P&F program is to encourage investigators outside of skin research to explore projects bringing them into the field. It is imperative that the P&F Studies utilize the epiCURE Core Facilities which provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services. These pilot grants are intended to support feasibility studies that will establish a basis for applying for further research funding.


A faculty-level appointment at Columbia University or other institution in the epiCURE research community.


Stem Cell Imaging and Manipulation Core (SCIM) 

Will provide a wide array of histological, immunohistochemical, and molecular-based tools to characterize gross and microscopic morphology, functional features and gene expression in skin of human and genetically engineered laboratory animals.

Skin Immunity, Integrity and Disease Core (SIND) 

Will offer in vivo and ex vivo models that aim to mimic disease relevant aspects of human skin are essential for understanding normal and pathological skin physiology as well as identification and preclinical proof of concept studies of novel therapies for skin diseases.

Translational and Precision Medicine Resources Core (TRAP) 

Will offer services to facilitate study design and statistical analysis, tissue procurement, biobanking, and with the computational analysis of genomic data. 


NIH PHS 398 Format. Provide a maximum three (3) page description of the project, an NIH-style biosketch (including other support), a budget, budget justification and a statement of facilities/resources. In addition, provide justification for the use of at least one or more of the cores. 


Individual awards will be made for $20,000 to $50,000 in direct costs for a one year period.


Applications are due by 5:00pm on  Friday, May 17, 2019


Submit a digital copy of your proposal tokt2751@cumc.columbia.edu