The Ohio State University research community engages in fundamental and applied research to discover new therapies, medical devices, and clinical technologies that improve lives.  Often, we start with a great idea that requires preliminary data or needs to move further through the translational research pathway. To achieve this, the Center for Brain Injury (CBI) Pilot Award Program provides seed funding for cross-college collaborations that push the boundaries of our knowledge and capabilities in brain injury research.  CBI also offers equipment and travel awards.

Pilot Awards

RFA / Guidelines (pdf)
Application (pdf) - Letters of Intent due November 1, 2017

Cost-Sharing Program

RFA / Guidelines (pdf)
Application (pdf) - currently closed

Travel Awards

CBI awards travel funds for students and faculty to present research at national and international conferences.  To apply for a travel award, please complete the application below and return to

Application (pdf)

2017 CBI Pilot Awards

Gunjan Agarwal, Dana McTigue
Ultrastructural characterization of iron in Alzheimer’s disease
Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience

Marcia Bockbrader, David Kline, Liang Guo
Noninvasive brain stimulation for chronic symptoms of acquired brain injury
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Biostatistics, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Richard Bruno, Cameron Rink
Anti-nitrative neuroprotective activity of γ-tocopherol in ischemic stroke
Human Nutrition, Surgery

Olga Kokiko-Cochran, John Sheridan
Chronic post-injury sleep disruption (SD) as a catalyst for neurodegenerative disease
Neuroscience, Biosciences (Dentistry)

Shahid Nimjee, Bob Hamlin, Cameron Rink, Zhong-Lin Lu, Jay Zweier
Translation of VWF aptamer into large animal stroke model
Neurological Surgery, Veterinary Biosciences, Surgery, Psychology, Internal Medicine

Matthew Reilly, Colleen Cebulla, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Julie Racine, Nathan Doble, Stacey Choi
Age-related differences in torsional indirect traumatic optic neuropathy
Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Optometry

Rawan Tarawneh, Douglas Scharre, Zhong-Lin Lu, Michael Knopp
Cerebrospinal fluid markers of synaptic injury and functional connectivity in Alzheimer's disease
Neurology, Psychology, Radiology

Yune Lee, Stacy Harnish, Lynne Gauthier, Roger Crawfis
Investigating compensatory language processes prompted by rhythm video game therapy in chronic aphasia
Speech and Hearing Sciences, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Computer Science & Engineering

Glenn Lin, John Bruno, Min Zhou
Small molecule activators of glutamate transporter EAAT2 for Alzheimer's disease
Neuroscience, Psychology

Karl Obrietan, Kari Hoyt
Mechanisms underlying hippocampal cell layer-specific sensitivity to ischemic stroke
Neuroscience, Pharmacology

2017 CBI Pre-Pilot Award

Ginger Yang, Keith Yeates, Richard Rodenberg, James McDonald, Thomas Kerwin, Don Stredney, Michael Tiso, Jennifer Bogner
Driving performance after concussion in teens
Pediatrics, Driving Simulator Lab, Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Shahid Nimjee, Keli Hu, Cameron Rink, Chanden Sen
The effect of KATP channel manipulation on neuroprotection after stroke
Neurosurgery, Pharmacology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Asimina Kiourti, James Onate, Stephanie Di Stasi, Michael Tiso
Neurocognitive versus neuromuscular deficits following mild traumatic brain injury
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Medicine

2016 CBI Pilot Awards

Hojjat Adeli, Alexandra Borstad, John Buford
Computer aided prediction of sensory correlates of motor recovery following constraint induced movement therapy in chronic stroke
Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering, Physical Therapy

Daniel Gallego-Perez, L. James Lee, Savita Khanna, Cameron Rink
Pro-angiogenic cell therapies for stroke recovery: Nanoengineering blood vessels through direct reprogramming
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Surgery

Jonathan Godbout, John Sheridan, Daniel Eiferman
The Elimination of Microglia by a CSF-1R antagonist to prevent or reverse TBI-induced chronic inflammation associated with microglia priming and reactivity
Neuroscience, Dentistry, Surgery

Cameron Rink, Savita Khanna, David McComb
Characterization of collateral remodeling in the stroke-affected brain
Surgery, Materials Science & Engineering

Zachary Weil, Kari Hoyt
Mitochondrial dysfunction mediated by insulin resistance in repeated traumatic brain injury
Neuroscience, Pharmacology