The Pilot Project Program (PPP) is important for fostering the development of clinical, translational, and community-engaged researchers and for increasing the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) in research. Promoting the development of independent URM investigators in translational research will help improve the health of underserved populations since these investigators will have the sensitivity and empathy for understanding their needs and cultural perspectives.
The PPP will facilitate the URM investigators’ access to resources, mentorship, and technology to help them transition successfully into independent researchers. The Core promotes clinical and translational research in selected high impact research areas in consultation with the Alliance Steering Committee and the Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CoE), and the Community Health & Research Council. PPP Core collaborates with the Professional Development Core (PDC) to provide support and training in the development and submission of scientific proposals, including the design of career development plans and mentorship schemes for early career investigators.