RM-CRC 2024 Request for Applicants

The RM-CRC is pleased to announce research funding opportunities for cannabis research Pilot Projects.  This webpage includes a brief summary of the Pilot Project Award Program. Interested applicants can find full details and application instructions here:  RM-CRC PIlot Project RFA 2024

There are two categories of Pilot Project Awards, summarized in the table below: 

Award Categories Length and Amount of Award Award Period 
RM-CRC Pilot Project 1-year pilot awards ($50,000) 11/1/2024 - 10/31/2025
RM-CRC Pilot Project2-year pilot awards ($50,000/year) 11/1/2024 - 10/31/2026
RM-CRC Early Investigator Pilot Project 1-year pilot awards ($50,000) 11/1/2024 - 10/31/2025
RM-CRC Early Investigator Pilot Project2-year pilot awards ($50,000/year) 11/1/2024 - 10/31/2026

Important Dates: 2024 Request for Applicants

Date Activity or Deadline 
April 1, 2024RFA Release Date 
April 12, 2024

Pre-Application Information Call #1 - 1:00-2:00pm MDT https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/4549512872?omn=95081374516

May 1, 2024 Mandatory Letter of Intent to Apply Deadline 
May 22, 2024

Pre-Application Information Call #2 - 1:00-2:00pm MDT        https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/4549512872?omn=95081374516

July 1, 2024 Application Submission Deadline
August 1, 2024 Anticipated Notice of Selection 
November 1, 2024 Award Start Date 


Award Eligibility and Categories 

Eligibility Summary:

Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at the University of Colorado-Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus and/or one or more of the following affiliate institutions: University of Colorado-Boulder, Georgia State University, Emory University.

  • An individual may be included as Key Personnel on only one Pilot Project application in an award year.
  • Graduate students, undergraduate students, and PRAs are encouraged to participate in non-Key Personnel roles.
  • All awarded projects which include human subjects research are subject to Institutional Review Board (IRB) policy.

Applicants who are submitting or listed as Key Personnel on Pilot Project applications must become affiliates of the RM-CRC in order to submit an application.

The RM-CRC plans to fund 3-5 Pilot Project awards annually across two categories:

  1. Pilot Project Award: The RM-CRC seeks to attract experienced investigators across diverse fields of expertise and medical subspecialties. Applicants for this pilot award are expected to have previous success in obtaining external funding for research projects, with an emphasis on broader research experience rather than a specific focus on cannabis-related studies.
  2. Early Investigator Pilot Project Award: Applications from early career investigators will be reviewed and awarded separately from those received from more established investigators. Early Investigator Pilot Project awards provide opportunities for junior faculty who have not yet received substantial extramural research funding. Especially encouraged are applications by junior faculty across diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups in medicine, for whom additional resources (e.g. salary support) may be available. 



Please direct all questions related to the RM-CRC Pilot Project Program to:  

Paula Riggs, MD

Director, RM-CRC Pilot Project Core



Rocky Mountain Cannabis Research Center (RM-CRC) 

Psychiatry (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Suite 4003

Mail Stop F546

Aurora, CO 80045


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