Wayne State University

Aim Higher


The goal of the Pilot Project Program is solely to provide institutional support to investigators to acquire feasibility and/or preliminary MR data towards a future grant application using any one of the MRI facilities (human 3T system, animal 7T system and tissue samples at 11.7T).

All developmental time applications should have an approval from the MRRC committee before requesting financial support.

Investigators requesting scanning time for a proposed Pilot Project must submit a research proposal (not to exceed 3 pages) which includes:

  1. specific aims,
  2. hypotheses,
  3. background
  4. experimental approach.
Submit all applications to:
Pavan Jella, MS
Email: dx4925@wayne.edu
Phone: 313-745-1388

Applications will be accepted for review in the order they are received.

Investigators can only request up to a maximum of 15 hours of scanning time; detailed scientific justification of the number of hours requested must be provided in the research proposal. Additional scanning time may be requested upon completion of the initial Pilot Project, and with a progress report and rationale.

Prior to submission, investigators must secure matching funds from their own accounts (such as their indirect account, a start-up fund account, a retention fund account and/or by the department/center/division funds) totaling 25% of the proposed scanning time cost. If funds are unavailable, a special request can be included with justification and a letter from the department/institution.

Pilot Project applications will be reviewed and scored according to merit by the MRI Scientific Review Committee, which consists of MRI experts. There is a limit to the available funds provided by the SOM and OVPR in supporting this Pilot Project Program and, therefore, the awarding of scanning time for pilot projects will be competitive.

If the time allocated to an investigator for a Pilot Project is not used within four months, the investigator will be obligated to explain the delay and justify the continued need for the Pilot Project scanning hours. This request will be sent to and reviewed by OVPR and MR Research Committee. If the justification is not provided and/or is not deemed as adequate, the allotted remaining funds for the scan hours for that Pilot Project will be returned to the central fund and reallocated to other Pilot Projects per the processes described above.

Faculty wishing to apply for MRI Developmental Time should review and complete the MRI Developmental Time Application Form