MDRC Pilot and Feasibility

The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program provides a minimum of $250,000 per year for P/F grant awards and $100,000 per year for P/F Regional P/F grant awards. 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 Pilot/Feasibility projects awarded developed into fruitful extramurally-funded research programs.

  • The Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.
  • The Diabetes Interdisciplinary Study Program (DISP) is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote new interdisciplinary collaboration between TWO or more members of the University of Michigan faculty from DISTINCT disciplines to focus their combined research strengths on cutting-edge areas in diabetes research. The intent is to foster synergistic collaboration between faculty members to advance scientific inquiry.
  • The Regional Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and University of Toledo faculty, and to promote collaboration among investigators at these regional institutions and MDRC members at The University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance communication and collaboration among diabetes investigators within the region, accelerate the pace of research, and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.
  • The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Mini Pilot/Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program will provide up to $7,500 to support the diabetes-related research of MDRC members at the University of Michigan by funding the use of eligible services provided by MDRC cores to generate new reagents or data in support of a specific grant application or manuscript, or to initiate a new research direction. A second priority of the program is to encourage the use of MDRC core services by MDRC members who have not used them previously.

Key Personnel

Christin Carter-Su, PhD

Co-Director, MDRC Pilot & Feasibility Study Prgm

Mehboob A. Hussain, MD

Co-Director, MDRC Pilot & Feasibility Study Prgm

Sarah Cain

Administrative Assistant Senior