Translational Research Development Grants

Note: The current cycle of Translational Grants is closed; the next cycle for accepting submissions will begin Jan. 1, 2016.


The purpose of the award is to provide a mechanism to link basic scientists with clinician-investigators, and to promote, cultivate and ultimately to establish innovative translational clinical research programs that have a high probability of attracting external funding after the award period and/or have potential for the generation of intellectual property and ultimately commercialization.


The Translational Research Development Grant Award Program is open to all Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (and/or Wright State Physicians) fully-affiliated faculty members. Collaborating basic scientists may be faculty members within the School of Medicine or external to the School of Medicine (e.g., College of Engineering). Each proposal must identify at least one basic scientist and one clinician-investigator as co-principal investigators. Under certain circumstances, partially-affiliated (i.e., voluntary) clinical faculty may be considered appropriate to serve as a co-PI.


It is anticipated that up to three awards will be made annually. Total costs for each award may not exceed $50,000. All grant awards will be housed and fiscally managed within the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Application Process

A Translational Research Resource Committee (“the Committee”) will be formed and will be chaired by the associate dean for research affairs for the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and consist of members of the BSOM Research Committee, a representative of the office of the WSU vice president for research, and, depending on the proposal being reviewed, representatives from other colleges with specific expertise. This Committee will provide review, recommendation and oversight of the application and award process. Application and assessment will proceed as follows:

Letter of Intent

Each letter of intent should include (limit to four pages):

  • A brief statement of the project’s broad objectives.
  • An outline of the proposed project, including a statement of how the proposal fits the definition of being translational research.
  • A list of key participants
  • A time line for the project
  • A draft of the budget for the proposal
  • A statement of how the work might be sustained after the two-year funding period.

Full Proposal

Each full proposal must include (limit to 12 pages):

In addition, each full proposal must include the following attachments (not counted in the 12-page limit above):

  • A detailed letter from the respective department chairs, and/or dean(s) outlining enthusiasm and support for the application and indicating how the research effort will be promoted by the school/college and/or department, including provision of protected time (for clinician-investigators), additional financial support by the school, college and/or department and how the research program will be sustained after the award period.
  • Brief biographical sketches of principal investigators and other key participants.

More information

For more information, contact Timothy Broderick, M.D., associate dean for research affairs.

Last edited on 11/23/2015.