Translational Research Involving Special Populations Pilot Grant Opportunity FAQs

For a complete set of guidelines and eligibility information, please read the Translational Research Involving Special Populations Pilot Grant Opportunity RFA.

When is the Letter of Intent Deadline?

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is September 16, 2019 by 12 p.m. (noon). LOIs should be emailed to Travis Cockerham at Please include the required cover page when completing your LOI.

Are the Letters of Intent Binding?

Yes. Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a panel of senior UAMS faculty and staff to determine who will be invited to submit a full application.

When is the full application deadline?

The deadline for receipt of full applications is November 8, 2019 at 12 p.m. (noon). We anticipate that successful awardees will be notified the week of December 16, 2019.

What is the start date?

Projects are expected to start between February 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020. The official notice of award from TRI cannot be issued until the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) has reviewed and approved the project. We expect reviews to be completed in the spring and awardees to start their projects between February and April.

How do I submit my application?

Applications should be submitted through the TRI Pilot Grant System. If you have problems accessing or using the system, please contact Travis Cockerham by email: or phone: 526-8730. Application packets must be submitted as a single PDF. Applications are due by noon on November 8, 2019.

What are my user name and password for the online application system?

Please use your UAMS credentials to access the TRI Pilot Grant Application System.

Who do I contact if I’m having problems with the online TRI Pilot Grant Application System?

Travis Cockerham by email or phone: 526-8730.

What is the deadline for submitting my project to the the IRB/IACUC for approval? What proof of submission do I need to show?

Projects must be submitted for all necessary regulatory approval(s) by November 1, 2019. Proof of IRB submission is satisfied by: 1) a non-human subjects determination letter from the IRB, or 2) proof from CLARA that your request for IRB review has been submitted. Receipt of a human subjects research determination request DOES NOT satisfy the requirement for proof of IRB submission. Proof of IACUC submission is satisfied by a copy of an email from IACUC certifying that your request has been submitted for review.

Does my project need to be approved by the IRB/IACUC before the November 8 deadline?

No. Your project may still be under review by the IRB/IACUC. However, you will have to prove regulatory submission as detailed in the RFA.

What is the deadline for IRB/IACUC for approval? What documentation do I need to provide?

Proof of regulatory approval (or determination of nonhuman subject research from the IRB) must be submitted by email to Travis Cockerham by January 15, 2020.

What materials are required for the NCATS review process?

Specifics on the materials neccessary for the NCATS review process will be determined based on the type and scope of the study being proposed. TRI staff will work with our recommended awardees to complete the review process. In general, though, information and documents related to your IRB and other regulatory approvals, human subjects research, enrollment, etc.

How do I set up the BERD, CIRC, and Budget consultations?

TRI requires invited applicants to receive pre-submission consultations with BERD, CIRC,  and the TRI Budget Manager, Laura Wilson.  Consultations with BERD and CIRC for invited applicants should take place between October 7 and 21. You can request both consultations through the TRI portal.  To ensure timely arrangement of your appointment, please indicate you are a TRI Special Populations Pilot Grant Opportunity applicant when requesting your appointments. We also suggest starting the scheduling process ASAP after full invitation on September 23.

To initiate your budget review, email a copy of your draft budget and budget justification to Laura Wilson by October 21. Please indicate that you are a pilot grant applicant and you are submitting your budget for review.

Does TRI provide help/guidance for the lay videos? 

TRI does provide some limited help and guidance for the lay video process. Invited applicants will be provided with more specific instructions for the videos which outlines the goals of the videos and provides tips on what to cover. TRI can also help connect you with campus resources to help you shoot and/or edit your video. Video do not need to have high production values  or be shot with high-grade equipment. Focus should be put into clearly communicating your project to a broad audience in a way that is easy to understand and makes clear the importance of your proposal.