Forum Pilot Study Grants

Each year, The Forum presents Texas Biomed with a sizable check from our combined fundraising efforts. These funds are then distributed to select scientists as Pilot Study Grants in support of their research needs.

A pilot study, pilot project or pilot experiment is a small scale preliminary study conducted in order to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, adverse events, and effect size in an attempt to predict an appropriate sample size and improve upon the study design prior to performance of a full scale research project.

Each pilot study costs as much as $50,000 and lasts about one year. With the results from these studies, Texas Biomed scientists are able to take the data and apply for additional research dollars from organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH).  We began distributing these grants 20 years ago and have awarded in excess of $3.5m to the scientists at Texas Biomed to date.  This funding allowed researchers to apply for additional grant monies that resulted in more than $75 million in subsequent awards (a 23x return on investment!).

These grants are sometimes known as “seed grants” because they are relatively small but the ideas they power can grow to become huge in impact.