MDRC Mini Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program

Application Due Date: No fixed deadline

The purpose of the MDRC Mini Pilot and Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is to promote 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.

University of Michigan-based members of the MDRC. Individuals who are awarded a MDRC P/F grant are not eligible to receive a MDRC DISP grant in the same year.

  • Animal Studies Core: Continuous glucose monitoring; Islet studies; Rat phenotyping
  • Microscopy, Imaging & Cellular Physiology Core: In situ hybridization services; Electrophysiology and Ca+ 2 imaging studies
  • Molecular Genetics Core: Generation of genetically-targeted mouse or rat model; Generation of novel viral reagents

Maximum award size of $7,500

  • The MDRC envisions a maximum award size of $7,500. We envision that most successful requests will receive 75% of the cost of the proposed service; in instances with demonstrated need, funding up to 100% of the service cost is possible.
  • There is no fixed deadline but applications should be submitted with as much lead time as possible, to permit sufficient time for review (approximately 1-2 months). Approvals/decisions will be vetted monthly at the MDRC Executive Committee meeting.

Mini P/F grant awardees are queried annually by MDRC administrative staff and are required to provide information on the publications and funding that stem from the Mini P/F grant as this information must be reported to NIH. Mini P/F grant awardees are also expected to present their research at the Annual MDRC Diabetes Symposium generally held in the spring.

  • Visit
  • From the list of titles, select Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) Mini Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program.
  • Download the Mini P/F Application located on the right-hand side of the page (Competition Files). The Mini P/F Application file contains detailed application instructions.
  • When you are ready to submit your application, select “Apply” from the right-hand menu in this Competition Space opportunity. Log in with your uniqname and Level 1 (Kerberos) password.
  • All details are automatically saved as you enter them. When you are ready to submit, click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Questions: Please contact Sarah Cain, (734)763-2561,

Remember to cite the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) in publications as follows:
“The project described was supported by Grant Number P30DK020572 (MDRC) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases”