The Saban Research Institute – Funding Opportunities


Each year The Saban Research Institute (TSRI) provides financial support for an important intramural funding program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders in pediatric research. These funds support enhanced opportunities for educational development and research training, and are awarded following a highly competitive application and selection process.

Below is a summary of TSRI intramural funding opportunities.

Detailed instructions for the Pre-Doctoral Award, Research Career Development Fellowship, Research Career Development Award, Health Professional Research Career Development Award, 2nd R01 Pilot Grant Program, and Team Science Grant are located on the TECPAD Resource Hub (requires CHLA login).

Click here to view a list of past awardees.

Bridge Funding Policy: Research Operations and the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) will collaborate with CHLA departments/divisions to provide bridge funding to productive principal investigators whose federal funding has expired, but who remain competitive.

Training and Travel Award: $500 or up to $1,000 to enable research trainees to attend and present their research at conferences to off-site locations.

Pre-Doctoral Award: Funding for up to two years for stipend support and health fees of a USC graduate student research assistant working at TSRI under the mentorship of a CHLA-based faculty member.

Research Career Development Fellowship (RCDF): Funding for up to two years of salary and benefits support of an individual at the MD, PhD, or MD/PhD or equivalent level working at TSRI under the mentorship of a CHLA-based mentor.

Research Career Development Award (RCDA): $60,000/year for up to two years to support the research of junior faculty members at CHLA.

Health Professional Research Career Development Award (HP-RCDA): $30,000/year for up to two years to support the research of clinician junior researchers at CHLA.

2nd NIH R01 Pilot Grant Program: A maximum of $50,000/year for up to two years, to support faculty members with one NIH R01 grant to ensure that awardees submit a second NIH R01.

Team Science Grant: Established to provide an avenue for expanding our portfolio of innovative, multidisciplinary research projects. Specifically, the program is designed to support new collaborations directed toward establishing innovative, team science approaches to important problems in pediatric medicine through expansion of extramurally funded research. Proposals will be funded up to $100,000 each year for one (1) year, with the possibility of a second year of support awarded upon demonstration of sufficient progress and justification.

For questions about any of the above TSRI opportunities, please email


Commercialization Incentive Fund

The CIF Grant, managed and overseen by the OTC, is awarded annually and provides funds to advance early stage technologies in the validation or proof-of-concept phase. To learn more, about the CIF Grant, click here.

CHLA Core Pilot Program

At CHLA, we are proud to host a Core Pilot Program that exists to supply funding support for investigators to acquire preliminary data to provide a competitive edge for securing extramural grant funding. To learn more about the CHLA Core Pilot Program, click here.

A listing of Cores, directors and their contact information can be found here.

Grant Application Mock Review

Mock reviews of grant applications are essential to funding success. The Grant Application Mock Review program facilitates highest possible quality of reviews for external funding applications by providing an honorarium to identified reviewers. Mock reviews are available for faculty members of any rank, as well as trainees. Click here for more information.

H. Russell Smith Award for Innovation in Pediatric Biomedical Research

The H. Russell Smith Award recognizes scientists who have made an outstanding contribution in pediatric research at CHLA. Established in 1988, the award is bestowed periodically, with nominations evaluated by a scientific committee. The award was established by longtime donor and former chairman of the CHLA Board of Directors, H. Russell Smith. The recipient receives a $5,000 honorarium.