Pilot Grant Projects

The purpose of the pilot grant is to encourage new cross-disciplinary collaborations that focus on advancing research in infection, inflammation, and immunity in children. Learn about all i4Kids Pilot Grant Awardees below. 

2024 Pilot Grant Applications are open. 

The pilot grant award amount is up to $40,000 for each multi-disciplinary project proposed by teams of at least 2 investigators from different research disciplines.

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2023 Pilot Grant Awardees

Pilot Study of Lineage Plasticity Along Airway Epithelial Differentiation in Response to Pro-inflammatory Stimulation
Kong Chen, PhD (Department: Medicine, Division: Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine)
Xi Ren, PhD (Department: Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University)

2022 Pilot Grant Awardees

Early-life Exposure to Inorganic Arsenic Primes the Offspring to Increased Airway Hyperresponsiveness: Insights from Integrative Analysis of Epigenome
Wan-Yee Tang, PhD (Department: Environmental and Occupational Health)
Dhivyaa Rajasundaram, PhD (Department: Pediatrics)

Mechanisms of Maternal Antibody Protection in Human Milk and Blood against SARS-CoV2 in Young Children
Anne-Marie Rick, MD, MPH, PhD  (Department: Pediatrics, Division: General Academic Pediatrics)
Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD (Department: Infectious Diseases and Microbiology)

2021 Pilot Grant Awardees 

KGF to reduce bladder injury and susceptibility to urinary tract infection in neuropathic bladders
Catherine Forster, MD MS (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Pediatric Hospital Medicine)
Carlton Bates, MD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Nephrology)

FSTL-1 Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Self-Renewal
Brian Campfield, MD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Infectious Diseases) 
Craig Byersdorfer, MD PhD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies) 

Investigation of EVD68 Pathogenesis in the Human Spinal Cord
Megan Culler Freeman, MD PhD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Infectious Diseases)
With generous support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

2020 Pilot Grant Awardees 

Emrullah Korkmaz, PhD (Department: Dermatology & Bioengineering) 
Deborah Albright, MD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Allergy & Immunology) 
Tina Sumpter, PhD (Derpartment: Dermatology, Division: Immunology)
Wei Chen, PhD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Pulmonology)
Wei Gao, PhD (Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering) 
Erick Forno, MD MPH (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Pulmonary Medicine)
Rheinhard Hinterleiter, PhD (Department: Immunology)
Terence Dermody, MD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Infectious Diseases)
Thomas Hooven, MD (Department: Pediatrics, Division: Neonatology / Newborn Medicine)  
David Aronoff, MD (Department: Medicine, Division: Infectious Diseases)