CCTR Danielle Zerr

Dr. Margaret Rosenfeld, 2012 PPF award recipient

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) Pediatric Pilot Funds (PPF) program is designed to stimulate development of outstanding and innovative new clinical or translational research. This competitive program supports investigators initiating "proof of concept" testing, obtaining preliminary findings or conducting other activities necessary to prepare for competitive, full-scale grant applications. Ultimately, the program aims to cultivate exceptional new research and assist in launching new nationally funded research programs with a focus on child health.

Pediatric Pilot Funds are intended for junior faculty with limited funding, senior faculty who are beginning a new area of translational research, and/or new collaborative teams. Proposals addressing clinical and/or translational research involving any childhood disorder or pediatric antecedents of chronic adult disorders will be considered.

Award Details

  • Amount awarded will be a maximum of $20,000. Payment of indirect costs is not allowed.
  • Projects are one year in length (10/1 through 9/30). 
  • The proposed budget must be for work at Seattle Children’s. No subaward contracts are allowed with external institutions.
  • No-cost extensions and fund carry overs from year to year are not allowed for this program. 
  • International projects will not be funded at this time. 

Allowable costs include:

  • Personnel and/or investigator salary
  • Travel if presenting on your PPF research
  • Supplies and research equipment (Capital equipment is not an allowable cost)
  • Other expenses, such as fees for core services 


  • Applicant must be a Seattle Children’s-based investigator.
  • Primary member of the CCTR with a faculty appointment.* Seattle Children’s nurse researchers are also eligible to apply. Fellows, other trainees, or affiliate members are not eligible. Future grant applications must be submitted through CCTR. 

*If not yet appointed a faculty member, a letter from the division head/department chair should be supplied stating the date of appointment will commence at or before the time that PPF funding begins.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: June 9, 2017
  • Awards announced: July 1, 2017
  • Project initiation period: July 1 - September 30, 2017
  • Earliest funding begins: October 1, 2017

For More Information

To learn more about the Pediatric Pilot Funds program, please contact Colleen Lee, program coordinator.