Nihal Ahmad Head shot

Nihal Ahmad, PhD

Pilot and Feasibility Studies Program

The goal of the Pilot and Feasibility Studies Program, led by Nihal Ahmad, PhD, is to serve as a platform to support explorations of innovative research ideas that will enhance skin biology and disease research activities at the UW SDRC. Dr. Ahmad has an established research program studying the molecular mechanisms and signal transduction pathways involved in the development and progression of cancer.

Projects supported will fall into the following focus areas:

  1. Improved diagnosis
  2. Improved treatment
  3. Identification of novel biomarkers for skin disease or disease progression
  4. Understanding of the disease process
  5. Advancing treatment of the disease
  6. Prevention of the disease

Requirements and Eligibility:

  1. Projects must be relevant to the overall research theme of the UW SDRC: skin disease projects focusing on cell death and differentiation.
  2. Projects must address fundamental issues with respect to skin biology, disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention or treatment.
  3. Projects are required to have the potential to develop into independent research projects.
  4. Projects must have the potential to generate feasibility data and be completed within 2 years.
  5. Applications must describe in detail how the requested funds will be used, what additional funds are available to support the work, and additional funding strategies that will be used to complete the work.

Current Funding Opportunities:

The fourth round of Pilot Award RFAs has been released. Please review the 2017 RFA and details below. The instructions will include the application form to submit your proposal.

2017 Basic & Clinical Translational Research Pilot Award
Status: Open RFA
Application Due Date: May 1, 2017
Contact: Hannah Strelchenko, or (608) 263-9366
Summary of Terms: Up to $30,000 for 12 months of direct support

2017 RFA
2017 Award Details
2017 Instructions with application form

For previously funded projects, please see below:

2016 Awardees: Round 3
2015 Awardees: Round 2
2015 Awardees: Round 1

If you have any questions contact UW SDRC Program Manager, Hannah Strelchenko, at