Psoriasis Center of Research Translation (CORT)

The Psoriasis Center of Research Translation (CORT) is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.  The goal of the Center is to advance translational discovery and application in psoriasis using a novel approach that tightly integrates and coordinates health informatics research, basic research, and preclinical research with cutting-edge systems biology, patient-centered data mining, and advanced meta-analytics. The CORT sponsors innovative research focused on these areas (see also: through its Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program.

Eligibility and Conditions

The CORT plans to support two meritorious P&F projects for funding for one year with an annual budget of $15,000. Projects are supported with the understanding that the PI will subsequently apply for NIH or equivalent funding using preliminary data acquired during the P&F project period. Funding for a second year may be available to current awardees upon a progress report and submission of a second application. They must fall into two categories:

  1. Established investigators (in skin diseases or other relevant associated co-morbidities) with a proposal for testing the feasibility of a new or innovative idea that is likely to advance the Psoriasis CORT.
  2. New investigators with a psoriasis CORT-advancing proposal who have not been principal investigators in a past or current NIH research project grant (R01, R21, and P series). New investigators should be early in their career development and have a faculty appointment higher than that of postdoctoral fellow or research associate.

The CORT P&F Program is a collaborative arrangement with the CTSC, which can enhance the value of your award using a matching Core Utilization Grant:

Partnership Enhanced Benefit
CTSC Core Utilization Pilot $10,000 match

Application Process

Applications should be submitted via the CTSC InfoReady system, with a copy to

  1. Prepare a 2 page P&F research proposal, include a plan for seeking independent funding,
  2. address how matching program criteria are met, if applicable,
  3. include your NIH biosketch and budget,
  4. Application deadline is September 15, 2019.

Please discuss your Aims prior to submission with the CORT PIs:

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by Internal and External experts in psoriasis and big data analytics.

Final Funding Decisions will be made by the Executive Advisory Board of the CORT in consultation with the NIH representatives and you will be notified by October 15, 2019.