Led by Laura Salazar, the Developmental and Pilot Research Core at the Georgia State TCORS gives investigators, post-doctoral trainees and pre-doctoral students funding opportunities to conduct research – research designed to expand both current goals of the Georgia State TCORS and concurrently advance the field of tobacco regulatory science.

The Developmental and Pilot Research Core provides small grant and pilot funding opportunities to promote the development of innovative and high-impact research. This research supports the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products priority areas. The Core is structured to respond to new key developments in tobacco control, is closely integrated with the Research Training and Education Core, and reflects the collaborative theme of understanding the decision-making process from the perspectives of economics, point-of-purchase behavior and risk perceptions. The Core is unique in its ability to bring together investigators and trainees with a wide variety of backgrounds, complementary skills and knowledge, and the ability to create original and impactful research.