Funding to Faculty Members

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation RISE (Research Innovation Services Enterprise) is pleased to provide Pilot Award funding to Faculty members through its Research Pilot Award competition. The objective of the Pilot Award competition is to enhance the value and effectiveness of pilot research conducted within the Department to accomplish three objectives:

  1. Improve the health outcomes of the rehab population
  2. Enhance the patient experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability)
  3. Provide departmental researchers the opportunity to collect quality data to leverage future funding
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Request for Proposals - Summer 2023 PM&R Pilot Awards

PMR Pilot Call for Proposals Fall 2023

I. Applying for the Award

Any faculty member with a primary or secondary appointment to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), including affiliate faculty are eligible to apply for the Pilot Award; new investigators may be required to identify a mentor. It is encouraged for grant applications to involve interdisciplinary research.

Awards include $10,000 and a 0.25 FTE in department designated research assistant effort in addition to the award budget for the initial budget period. All awarded project periods will be for one year’s time indicated on the notice of grant award. The request for proposals will open August 6th and the deadline for submissions is October 12th. Awardees will be notified by the Research Oversight Committee by October 23rd with an expected project start date of November 2nd.

II. Requesting an Extension/Modification

All recipients of PM&R Pilot Awards are required to complete studies according to the award requirements outlined by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Call for Proposals. If reporting and operating requirements have been met and the Principal Investigator (PI) is in good standing with the University of Colorado, PIs may request a one-time no-cost extension (NCE) to the project end date. Time extensions may be requested for periods of up to one year. 

Download the extension/modification form

Proposal abstracts should be submitted by email to .

Questions regarding the application may be directed to .