SC2 - Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award


SC2 - Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award

Support for individual investigator-initiated pilot research projects to generate preliminary data for a more ambitious research project.

Program Announcement

Due Dates for New Applications
January 25,  May 25

List of Funded Awards
List of SCORE-Funded Institutions

PD/PI Eligibility
Early career investigators

Institution Eligibility
Minority-serving institutions

Additional Information

SCORE grants foster the development of faculty at minority serving institutions (MSIs) in order to increase their research competitiveness and promote their transition to non-SCORE external sources of funding.

The Pilot Project Award (SC2) is for those who are at the beginning stages of a research career, applying for their first independent award, and who are interested in testing a new idea, or generating preliminary data.

Note: Institutional eligibility is specific to under-resourced institutions with limited NIH R01 funding that have explicitly stated historical missions or historical track records focused on training and graduating students from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical research with B.S./B.A., M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in biomedically-related sciences. 


Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity

Lauren Ullrich, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Manager