This successful program provides "seed" money for promising investigations, and enables scientists to generate the necessary feasibility data for obtaining external grants from major funding agencies, such as the NIH. These larger external grants allow the development of comprehensive research and cannot be secured without the feasibility data generated by these pilot projects.
The range of our studies is not limited, as true discovery results from the opportunity to pursue innovative ideas across disciplines.
Our researchers' influential findings are improving health and healthcare for women. Click here to read about some of these findings.
What is the Impact of Pilot Studies?
Hear about the studies and collaborations we have funded - providing new avenues for health and medical research.
Dietary Protein and Bone health
Is dietary protein good or bad for your bones? Dr. Karl Insogna’s research focused on answering this question and investigates the factors that put women at a greater risk for osteoporosis.
Are Smoking and Depression Linked?
Dr. Marina Picciotto talks about her investigation of smoking and depression as key, inter-related health concerns for women.
Stem Cells to Cure Endocrine Disorders
In this video, Dr. Julie Ann Sosa explains how she and her colleagues are turning human embryonic stem cells into replacement parathyroid cells – to address the debilitating calcium imbalance that results from the loss or injury of parathyroid glands – a condition more common in women than men.
It's Harder for Women to Quit Smoking
Our video series continues to highlight the research by our Pilot Project Program investigators. This video features the work of Dr. Sherry McKee in developing gender-sensitive smoking cessation therapies – to help women quit.
Nanoparticle Technology to Fight Ovarian Cancer
As part of our video series, we want to share the work of our Pilot Project Program investigators - who are researching a variety of the most relevant women's health concerns. This video, featuring a pilot study by Drs. Mark Saltzman and Alessandro Santin, explains how nanoparticles are being used against ovarian cancer.
Using Immune System to Combat Breast Cancer
This pilot study video highlights the work of investigator Dr. Joann Sweasy, who is developing a humanized model of breast cancer for "individualized" treatment.