The Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Precision Health Innovation Awards

Call for Applications

Amount: up to $25,000 direct costs for one year

Deadline: Monthly reviews, short application, quick turnaround

The Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Precision Health function is pleased to announce its Precision Health Innovation Awards. The purpose of the awards is to advance initial discovery pilots for Precision Health ICTS investigators.

Proposals are not for developed projects but are to fund developmental or early stage work, including pilot data collection and analysis, in preparation for submission of future external funding.

Preference will be given to projects on rare disease in one of seven focus areas.

  1. Special populations (e.g., studies in pregnant women)
  2. Basic mechanisms of disease that have high potential to inform individualized patient diagnosis and/or treatment
  3. Translation of precision therapies
  4. Early stage clinical trials for rare diseases where a randomized controlled trial is not feasible
  5. Translation of a high-priority diagnostic
  6. Social or behavioral health with health disparities

Participants will be asked to consider the impact of their work using the Translational Sciences Benefits Model, and complete follow-up surveys to document outcomes, including next-stage funding and publications.

  • Applicants must be full time faculty (instructor level or above) at Washington University in St. Louis or an ICTS partner institution.
  • Applicant must be a member of the ICTS. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  All applications will be reviewed for scientific merit, originality, relevance of the work to precision health, and the potential for the project to generate data for a successful peer-reviewed grant application.

Innovation Awardees
YearPrincipal InvestigatorInst/School/Dept/DivisionProposal Title
2023Siyan Cao, MD, PhDWU/School of Medicine/Medicine/GastroenterologyThe Immune Signature of IL-23- Responsive Cells in Predicting Response to Anti-IL-23 Therapy in Refractory Crohn’s Disease
2023Stephanie Perkins, MD, PhDWU/School of Medicine/Radiation OncologyPrecision Functional Mapping and Long-Term Cognitive Outcome in Pediatric Bran Tumor Survivors
2023Edon Rabinowitz, MDWU/School of Medicine/Pediatrics/Critical Care and CardiologyBlood Flow Mechanics & Hemostasis in Congenital Heart Disease
2024Brian DeBosch, MD, PhDWU/School of Medicine/Pediatrics/GI, Hepatology & NutritionViral Metagenomic Prediction of Pediatric Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease Using Early-life Stool

Please direct research-related questions to Precision Health Program Scientist Jenny McKenzie ( and administrative questions to ICTS (