Frequently Asked Questions


What is the proposal review process?
Applications are peer reviewed for scientific and technical merit using NIH review criteria and TRI funding priorities. Based on these assessments, applications receive a score and funding recommendation. Applications recommended for funding will be presented to the TRI Leadership Council for final approval.

Who should I contact if I have questions?
Please direct questions to the person of contact listed on the LOI or Full Instructions for the current RFA, or, if there is no active RFA, you can use the TRI Request Services Portal.


Who is eligible to serve as principal investigator (PI)?

Full-time faculty at UAMS, UAMS Northwest, ACH/ACRI, or CAVHS who hold non-temporary positions at the rank of Instructor or above are eligible for TRI Pilot Awards. Individuals at the level of Instructor require a letter from their department chairperson confirming that the individual is not in a temporary position and that the department intends to develop the individual as a faculty member.

If I have a $0 appointment with UAMS, am I eligible to serve as principal investigator (PI)?
Yes, individuals who have a $0 appointment with UAMS are eligible to serve as PI.

Are residents and fellows eligible to apply for funding?
No, residents and fellows are not eligible to serve as principal investigator (PI).

Can an application have more than one principal investigator (PI)?
No, multiple PIs are not allowed; however, there are no restrictions on the number of sub-investigators.

Can I serve as principal investigator (PI) on more than one application during a given funding cycle?
You may submit more than one LOI, but only one Full Application Invitation will be extended per PI.

Can faculty members serve as co-investigators or key personnel on more than one pilot project?
Yes, faculty members may serve as co-investigators or key personnel on multiple TRI-funded projects. In addition, the principal investigator (PI) of one project may serve as a co-investigator on a different project.

I have previously received TRI funding; may I apply for another award?
If you received a pilot award during a previous funding cycle, you are eligible to apply for a new award.

Can faculty who are supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) apply for TRI awards?
Yes, faculty who receive salary support from the CTSA are eligible to serve as principal investigator on a pilot project.

Can non-UAMS collaborators be included on the investigative team?
Yes; however, there may be some budget restrictions if salary support is involved.


Can principal investigators and co-investigators budget for salary support?
No, principal investigators and co-investigators may not request salary support. A letter from the principal investigator’s department chair committing support must accompany the proposal.

Do TRI pilot awards allow for research staff salary support on the budget?
Yes, awards may support the salary of research and support staff (excluding the principal investigator and co-investigators) listed in the budget, including full-time postdoctoral faculty who are engaged in the research.

Are unpaid collaborators allowed on the pilot projects?
Yes, unpaid collaborators may be included in TRI pilot projects.

Should the budget include support from TRI, such as biostatistics and clinical research services?
The TRI will provide limited complimentary pre-award services including assistance with regulatory applications and budget review. All applicants must receive a pre-award biostatistics consultation. TRI services provided post-award, such as biostatistical, nursing or coordinator support, must be included in the budget.

Are indirect costs allowed on TRI pilot projects?
No, indirect costs are not allowed.

May travel be included in the budget?
Only travel which is justified and essential to the completion of the research is allowed (e.g., participant travel).

Can pilot funds be used to purchase equipment or computers?
Any equipment required for the project must be justified; computers and other office supplies are not allowed.

Can pilot funding be directed toward tuition or other educational expenses?
No, funding cannot be used for tuition or other educational expenses.


Do applications need to go through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) prior to submission?
No, proposals do not need to be submitted to the ORSP.

If an application includes collaboration with another institution, is it necessary to include a letter of support?

A letter of support/collaboration is recommended. Depending on the circumstance, a subcontract may be required. Please contact the TRI Program Manager to discuss your specific situation.

How much supplemental information is allowed?
In addition to the letter from the principal investigator’s department chair, you may also include letters of support from deans, collaborators, etc. Reviewers are instructed to disregard any other unrequested information.

Regulatory Approvals

Do I need regulatory approval (e.g., Institutional Review Board) before submitting my proposal?
Projects must be submitted for all necessary regulatory approvals (e.g., Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Department of Occupational Health and Safety) before an invited, full application can be submitted. You must provide documentation of regulatory approval(s) to TRI before a pilot project account can be opened. Regulatory approval must be maintained for the duration of the project. Refer to the Pilot Award Program LOI instructions and full application instructions for specific guidelines and due dates.