The Saban Research Institute – Funding Opportunities


Below is a summary of TSRI intramural funding opportunities, including links to each Request for Application (RFA) and, where applicable, fillable Letter of Intent (LOI) form, Grants Intake Form, and Cover Sheets.

- Detailed instructions for each opportunity can be found in the linked RFA.

Click Intramural Funding Timeline to view a table summary of deadlines. This summary includes all TSRI intramural funding opportunities. Some deadlines may have passed or may be pending.

Click here to view a list of past awardees.

The Pre-Doctoral Award, RCDF, RCDA, HP-RCDA, 2nd R01 Pilot Grant, and Team Science Grant are required to submit a Letter of Intent, Cover PageGrants Intake Form, and Pre-Submission Checklist (you must download and save the fillable forms to your desktop).

TSRI Intramural Support for COVID-19-Directed Research: The Saban Research Institute accepted applications for TSRI intramural support to perform high priority COVID-19-directed research, or modifications to existing IRB-approved research protocols that incorporate COVID-19 research. Support of up to $20,000 was available for each request. We are no longer accepting applications for this funding mechanism. 

Learn more about our active COVID-19 research here.

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 $1,000 to enable research trainees to attend and present their research at conferences at 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


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.

Clinical and Community Research Pilot Support

Several resources are available through the Clinical Research Support Office to support pilot data collection for new or unfunded clinical and community research studies, covering up to $10,000 in costs such as participant incentives, use of TSRI research cores, biostatistical analysis, use of the Clinical Trials Unit, and specimen processing. Special emphasis is placed on junior investigators, particularly K-Awardees. To get started, please contact Shannen Nelson, Research Navigator in the CRSO.

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.