Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants2021-10-26T13:50:07+00:00

Regenerative Rehabilitation Pilot Grants

Request for Proposals

The AR3T Pilot Funding Program supports researchers in the development of innovative, interdisciplinary Regenerative Rehabilitation research projects. AR3T is soliciting pilot grant proposals and will award up to $75,000 in this funding cycle.

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 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 stimulation of stem cells and/or tissue engineering approaches, and assessing stem cell behavior and/or functional outcomes.

The 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-and mid-level career faculty. The Principal Investigator (PI) should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and be employed as faculty 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.


  • AR3T will award up to $75,000 in this funding cycle
  • Total award includes indirect costs by the awardee’s institution
Key Dates
RFA Release Date October 26, 2021
Letter of Intent Date March 1, 2022
Invitation to Round 2 Date April 1, 2022
Round 2 Application Due Date June 1, 2022
Notification of Award Date July 1, 2022
Anticipated Award Start Date August 1, 2022

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