Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PM&R Pilot Awards


The H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Committee funds pilot projects proposed by departmental faculty that will advance knowledge and be leveraged into additional extramural funding. The maximum award is $15,000. Pilot projects should be novel and clearly distinct from the PI’s funded research program. Faculty with substantial remaining startup or discretionary funds should explain why these pilot funds are needed. Salary support for the PI is not allowed in the budget. Applications will be evaluated based on the likelihood that these funds will be leveraged into extramural funding as well as standard NIH scientific review criteria.



  • To be funded by the department for PM&R faculty only
  • To fund innovative pilot studies that are likely to lead to federal funding
  • Appropriate for faculty who have federal funding as a goal- and are either at the early stages of their research career or are seasoned researchers who wish to develop a novel area of research, distinctive from their current program
  • Two proposals funded per year (dependent on quality), up to $15,000 per project
  • Deadline for applications for 2020-21 will be between December 2020 and February 2021

2019-20 PM&R Pilot Awardees


Sruthi Thomas, “Practice Variation in the Use of ITB and Rhizotomy for Tone Management in Children with GMFCS IV-V Cerebal Palsy”

Harvey Levin, “Mindfulness Meditation Training and Home Practice in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study"