Pilot Project Program: Returns

Since the inception of our Pilot Project Program in 1998, more than $5 million in seed grants has been awarded, and our investigators used the results from their studies to generate more than $95 million in new external grants to further their research. 

Of those funded by our Pilot Project Program: 

  • an outstanding 62% of our investigators obtained these external grants — six times the success rate for NIH grant applications — a testament to the strength and relevance of their work 
  • 72% have been junior or mid-level faculty, who needed these funds to launch their careers. 

As the purchasing power of the NIH budget has fallen 25 percent since 2003, Women’s Health Research at Yale has worked to ensure that essential research on women’s health and sex and gender differences continues, leading toward wiser health policies and practices. We need help to advance this life-saving progress. 

Together, we can change these practices and help secure healthier and more productive lives for everyone!

Pilot Project Program Return on Investment Chart

Return on Investment of Pilot Project Program Funding

Since the inception of our Pilot Project Program in 1998, more than $5 million has been awarded in seed grants, and our investigators used the results from their studies to generate more than $95 million in new external grants to further their research.