Pilot Awards

Pilot Award Program

The CIR offers funding to support imaging-based projects utilizing its facilities, including clinical, preclinical, or SPECT CT body, cancer, musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopedic, small animal, or vascular projects.

  • - 3T Scanner: Any basic science or clinical project that extends standards of care.
  • - 7T Scanner: Brain imaging, small animal imaging, and body imaging (available soon) projects.
  • - Upgraded 9.4T Preclinical Scanner: Small animal and ex vivo imaging projects.
  • - SPECT CT: Preclinical, molecular imaging, and high-resolution CT projects.

Principal investigators who require imaging expertise or data analysis assistance for their projects can take advantage of the related CIR services.


The purpose of the CIR Intramural Pilot Award Program is to stimulate research and serve as a support mechanism for establishing the preliminary results needed to seek extramural funding. Each fiscal year, the CIR awards funds on a first-come, first-serve basis for those projects that the CIR Review Committee has approved. Significant portions of this funding are made possible by the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.


The proposal application includes a cover page, budget form, and research strategy plan. Submitted research strategy plans should be at least one page in length, but no more than three pages. The principal investigator for the project must be a faculty-level member of the MCW CIR and must sign the application cover page.  


Revised proposal resubmissions must include a one-page letter that responds to the reviewer comments and highlights where the changes occur in the revised proposal, as well as a proposal with changes highlighted.

Instructions and Template


CIR Stylesheet


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