AIDS-Related Diseases
Providing expertise and resources to better understand, prevent and treat HIV and AIDS.
Nonhuman Primate Systems Biology
Using systems biology and computational modeling to understand infection and immunology.
Global Programs
Focusing on conservation biology, field study training and emerging infectious diseases.
Using the primate model to answer questions about the nervous system, vision and more.
Reproductive & Developmental Sciences
Exploring reproductive biology, stem cell research and cognitive development.
Evolutionary Emergence of Infectious Diseases
Understanding how interspecies interaction leads to the emergence of disease.
Venture/Pilot Program
Providing specialized facilities, expertise and support to investigators with approved projects.

Pilot Program

The Pilot Program at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) provides the specialized research facilities, expertise and limited support to investigators.

In most cases, pilot projects are focused on unique or emerging research opportunities, requiring preliminary studies to generate scientific data that will lead to future expanded grant applications for independent funding.

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) and the Center annually co-sponsor the Career Development and Ignition Awards. The awards support preclinical translational research in the areas of non-human primate models of human disease, drug delivery, transport, metabolism, and manufacturing.


Ignition Awards

WaNPRC and ITHS are pleased to sponsor the Ignition Awards, focusing on the use of nonhuman primate (NHP) models of human disease. The purpose of this award is to support exploration of innovative areas of nonhuman primate research and generate preliminary data to serve as a basis for submission of new research grant applications (e.g. R01-type grant to NIH or other funding agency) and/or subsequent clinical studies.

The WaNPRC intends to award up to three separate awards of as much as $65,000 for one year. These funds must be used for Primate Center costs only, including animal costs, per diem, and procedures. Costs of supplies and salaries must be administered by the Primate Center.

This award program facilitates the use of NHP models and services of WaNPRC and ITHS. This program will advance research programs through the translational process of therapeutics, diagnostics or device development.

Proposed projects may include, but are not limited to:

  1. The development of clinical tests/diagnostics/therapeutics that have the potential to
    • speed translational research (i.e., new outcome measures)
    • develop highly relevant model systems
    • improve clinical treatments (i.e., new therapeutics or new indications for approved drugs)
  2. Advanced neuroscience applications
  3. Reproductive / developmental studies

Key Dates:

  • March 1, 2014 – Full application due to the WaNPRC
  • March 31, 2014– Notice to awardees and other applicants
  • May 1, 2014 – Budget initiation
  • April 30, 2015 – End of budget period

All faculty members or those with equivalent titles are eligible to apply, except those who have received an ITHS/Primate Center Ignition Award within the previous three years. Anyone in the WWAMI region is eligible to apply, provided that all costs are incurred at the Primate Center.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the WaNPRC at: to discuss the scientific components of their projects and general costs of the services to be provided. More information on the awards is available at

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