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Pilot and Feasibility

The specific aim of the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Pilot/Feasibility Study Grants Programs is to stimulate new research at the University of Michigan in the areas of diabetes, its complications and related endocrine and metabolic disorders. 

Research may be in areas of basic biomedical science, behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic or health services research -- or in areas related to the development of methodologies for training patients and health care professionals.

This program provides a minimum of $200,000 per year for MDRTC P/FS grant awards and through a cost-sharing agreement with the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center, provides an additional $100,000 per year for a Diabetes Interdisciplinary Studies Program grant. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to enable awardees to generate a sufficient body of preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from the National Institutes of Health or other national granting agencies. During the history of the Michigan program, more than one-half of P/FS projects awarded developed into fruitful extramurally-funded research programs.

A major virtue of the P/FS grant program is that it attracts investigators from the various schools and institutes throughout the University of Michigan and, in doing so, has been a major force in forging the Center into an interdisciplinary unit.