The Pilot and Feasibility grant program of the Yale DRC is managed through the Pilot and Feasibility Core. The functions of the Core are to solicit applications from investigators in the Yale School of Medicine and throughout Yale University, to carry out peer review of the applications, and to select meritorious projects for support. Grants are awarded for up to 2 years depending on progress that is made in the first year of funding and plans for the 2rd year. The Core is directed by Kevan Herold, MD who works with an oversight committee that makes final funding selections of grants for support. In the past funding cycle, the Program benefited from additional support available through the CTSA/ARRA funds as well as collaborative support of translational studies with the Yale Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). Since the inception of the Yale DRC in 1993, interest and applications to the program has increased - in the past funding cycle, 88 applications were received and 28 were supported. While the majority of applications are received from established investigators, there is a bias towards funding new investigators, many of whom have used the P+F award to obtain preliminary data to apply for external grant support. From the past funding cycle, 11 new external grants were obtained generating over $7M in new research revenue. Studies supported by the P+F program have resulted in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications during the last two funding cycles. The P+F program has also been a mechanism for initiation of new collaborations often between basic and translational scientists. Examples of these collaborations include studies of innate immune pathways that are associated with hepatic insulin resistance and cellular mechanisms of glucose metabolism in adipocytes. In summary the P+F core plays a vital role in attracting new investigators to the diabetes field and recruiting established investigators who are new to diabetes or are developing a new area of diabetes-related research. By effectively utilizing additional sources of revenue, the Core has been able to maintain a high level of funding which has resulted in a high level of productivity.

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