Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants2020-10-08T12:09:43+00:00

The AR3T Pilot Funding Program supports researchers in the development of innovative, interdisciplinary Regenerative Rehabilitation research projects. 

AR3T is not accepting new pilot grant proposals at this time. 

Overview: Stem cells interpret mechanical forces in a broad spectrum of ways that can affect their behavior and, ultimately, their ability to drive tissue regeneration. AR3T is looking to support researchers who propose interdisciplinary approaches combining regenerative medicine with mechanical stimulation, with the aim of optimizing outcomes.

The Regenerative Rehabilitation research community will benefit from the development of novel lines of research that incorporate methods utilizing mechanical stimulation of stem cells and/or tissue engineering approaches, and assessing stem cell behavior and/or functional outcomes.

A proposed project must include both a regenerative medicine component as well as a rehabilitative/mechanotransductive component. We encourage you to consider collaborating with one of AR3T’s researchers. Contact ar3t@pitt.edu if you would be interested in forming a collaboration on a proposal.

Eligible Individuals: The AR3T pilot funding program is open to junior investigators and mid-level career faculty. The Principal Investigator (PI) should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and be employed at an institution within the United States. The goal is to fund researchers who are interested in beginning a career in Regenerative Rehabilitation research or who would like to start a new line of research in this area.


  • Pilot awards will be funded up to $75,000 TC for one year.
  • Total award includes indirect costs by the awardee’s institution.

Key Dates

RFA Release Date:                                  August 19, 2020
Letter of Intent Date:                              September 20, 2020
Invitation to Round 2 Date:                   October 5, 2020
Round 2 Application Due Date:            November 30, 2020
Notification of Award Date:                   December 18, 2020
Anticipated Award Start Date:              January 1, 2021

Review the application process here

If you have any questions, please contact ar3t@pitt.edu.