Disease-Specific Pilot Research Awards


The objective of the 2024 Pilot Research Awards is to provide funding for highly innovative projects that address novel and important questions related to Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC), Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH), or Biliary Atresia (BA).

Pilot Research Awards provide funding during the pilot phase of research projects focused on new areas of investigation, innovative ideas, or “high-risk, high-reward” projects that have the potential to generate breakthrough findings and significantly advance the field. Pilot projects should address key outstanding questions in basic, translational, or clinical research on PBC, PSC, AIH, or BA.

Proposals do not require extensive preliminary data but need to articulate a clear, testable hypothesis and well-defined goals that are achievable within the timeframe and amount of the award. Funded projects are expected to result in acquisition of key preliminary data that will enable recipients to successfully compete for research awards from NIH and other national organizations to support larger studies in these innovative research areas.

Please direct all questions about Pilot Research Awards to the ALF Research Awards Program at research@liverfoundation.org.

Pilot Research Awards At-A-Glance:

Career Level: All Faculty Levels

Award Type: Pilot Research Award

Research Topic: Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH), Biliary Atresia (BA), Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC), or Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)

Research Type: Basic, Translational, or Clinical Research

Funding Amount: $50,000

Award Duration: 1 year

Optional Letter of Intent Deadline: June 5, 2024

Application Deadline: June 14, 2024

How to Apply for a Pilot Research Award

Important note: Separate RFPs were issued for each disease (PBC, PSC, AIH, and BA). Please make sure that you download the appropriate Application Guidelines and select the correct disease of interest in the Submission form below.   

  1. Download the Pilot Research Award Application Form and Application Guidelines for your disease of interest:
  2. Submit an optional Letter of Intent via email no later than June 5, 2024 (see Application Guidelines for details).
  3. Complete the Application Form, obtain requested signatures, and prepare all required documents as indicated in the Application Guidelines.
  4. Assemble the Application Package in the order listed in the Application Guidelines “Required Documents” section. Be sure to adhere to page limits and complete all sections as indicated in the Application Guidelines. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
  5. Complete the Submission form below. Applicants must select a Disease of Interest and Primary Type of Research for their research proposal.
  6. Upload your Application Package as one PDF document as indicated in the Application Guidelines.
  7. Click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application no later than June 14, 2024.

You will receive an email confirmation that the PDF was received. Check your spam folder and contact research@liverfoundation.org if you did not receive an email confirmation.

Submission Form - Pilot Research Award

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Last updated on May 29th, 2024 at 09:33 pm

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