Pilot Grant Program


Study Proposal Applications should include the following sections and meet page limit restrictions:

  • Pilot Study Checklist for Submission (cover page)
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Research Plan (3 pages; please also see the Study Proposal Review Criteria below)
    • Significance
    • Innovation
    • Approach
    • Plans for dissemination and future research
  • Budget Request and Justification, Staffing Plan (1 page)
  • Study Timeline (0.5 page)
  • References (no page limit)
  • Biosketch and Curriculum Vitae/Resume of Principal Investigator(s) (no page limit)

Study Proposal Review Criteria

The CIIS review panel, composed of Boston University faculty, will review and score all applications using a structured review process. Applicants that submitted a successful Intent to Submit form will receive detailed information about review criteria.

Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:
  • Completion of application requirements (specific aim, research plan, budget request and justification, study timeline, references, key personnel and staffing plan, curriculum vitae/resume and brief biosketch of principal investigators)
  • Identification of a relevant quality/care gap
  • Addressing use of an evidence-based or evidence-informed practice
  • Use of an appropriate conceptual model/framework
  • Consideration of stakeholder priorities and engagement
  • Consideration of study setting’s readiness for change
  • Selection and justification of implementation strategies
  • Appropriateness of team experience
  • Feasibility of proposed study design, analytic methods
  • Appropriateness of process/outcome measures
  • Relevance and potential impact on safety net health system environments