Pilot Award Program

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) Pilot Program aligns with the priorities of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The intent of the Pilot Program is to develop novel technologies and methodologies, to test the feasibility of novel approaches, and to stimulate inter-disciplinary collaborations that test generalizable solutions to translational research problems.

The biannual RFA will rotate among these four focus areas: 1) health concerns and challenges of rural and underrepresented populations, 2) implementation science to incorporate new research findings into the health care system, 3) translational biomedical informatics approaches that examine rural health and health care issues, and 4) community/stakeholder-partnered research. See our most recent Request for Applications.


Dr Mock
Donald Mock, M.D., Ph.D.
UAMS experts in the four focus areas will assist the director. They are:

Geoff Curran, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Psychiatry; Director of UAMS Implementation Science Center
Geoff Curran, Ph.D.
Director, UAMS Implementation Science Center (Implementation science)
Fred Prior, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Fred Prior, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics
joe thompson
Joe Thompson, M.D.
Director, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (Health concerns/challenges of rural /underrepresented populations)
Pamela Williams, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Nursing (community-partnered research)