In line with our commitment to facilitate research training and interdisciplinary research, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research provided over $250,000 in pilot funding to support research aligned with CHPR’s mission and research focus. Pilot grants are awarded through a competitive peer-review process. Faculty applicants are strongly encouraged to include a trainee (resident, fellow, or student) as part of the proposal. Calls for proposals for these pilot grants generally occur in conjunction with CHPR-sponsored conferences, highlighted on page 34. Many pilot awardees received subsequent funding through various agencies to continue pursuing their research. For example, one pilot project led to an AHRQ K08 award, a mentored clinical research award intended to prepare researchers for health-related research careers. Another pilot project has led to two funded projects (Department of Defense and the John Merck Fund) to study the use of cognitive training for developmental disabilities. CHPR-funded pilot studies also resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Health Communication, and Academic Pediatrics. Pilot awardees continue to pursue funding through agencies such as the NIH and the California Breast Cancer Research Program to further their research, and continue to submit their pilot research to peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery.