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Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding Opportunities

The Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) offers a variety of funding and program opportunities to advance the research community.

CTSI Community-Initiated Pilot Project Award

Community-initiated translational research pilot projects that focus on community-identified health-related needs and involve collaborations between community organizations and researchers. It is expected that the research supported by each of these pilot awards will result in one or more publications and/or presentations, and will collect data that will be used to apply for funding from NIH or other funders to expand and continue the projects. The project should include a collaboration between the following:

  1. Leader(s) of a community organization located in Utah
  2. Researcher(s) affiliated with a Utah CTSI organization – University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, or Intermountain Healthcare

The next award cycle will be announced Summer 2021.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Zitterkoph.

CCTS Pilot Project Award

Pilot projects will exemplify the CTSI mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the NIH. The purpose of this research announcement is to support pilot projects that utilize the CTSI infrastructure to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals in clinical and translational (T0, T1, T2, T3, and T4) research. Projects must be of high methodological quality and must demonstrate feasible and generalizable solutions to translational research problems.

The next award cycle will be announced Summer 2021.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Zitterkoph.

CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award: University of Utah, UNM HSC, KUMC, UAMS, KU, and UI

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) of University of Utah (UU), University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), University of Kentucky (KU), and the University of Iowa (UI) solicit applications from all faculty members—senior as well as junior investigators—for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the NIH. The purpose of this funding announcement is to promote inter‐institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve three or more of these six CTSA institutions.

The next award cycle will be announced in December 2021.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Zitterkoph.

CTSI Early Faculty Career Development Scholars

Utah CTSI's Early Faculty Career Development Scholars program has 2 different tracks for investigators: the KL2 Institutional Career Development Program and the CTSI Partner Scholars program.

Co-directed by Drs. Maureen Murtaugh, Ingrid Nygaard, and Michael Varner, the CTSI Early Faculty Career Development Scholars program is supported by the Utah CTSI, Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, and Utah Department of Health. The overall goal is to foster translational research on clinically relevant questions enabling basic science findings to be more rapidly applied to clinical problems. The competitive training program offers mentored research and career development support for clinical junior investigators conducting innovative research for one or two years, based on available funding.

Scholars commit to a minimum of 75 percent protected time for research and training and are encouraged and provided resources to seek independent grant research support during the award period. Each scholar participates in the University of Utah Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars program which includes didactic education, mentored research, interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminars, and team-building experiences. A structured curriculum has been designed to provide leadership competencies and develop the essential research knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher. They are provided a mentoring team consisting of a scientific mentor, a VPCAT senior mentor, peer mentors, and staff mentors support.

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar program co-directors meet with scholars quarterly to oversee the mentorship of the scholar to assure progress. Each scholar creates and completes an individual development program tailored to their research and career development needs. Scholars have access to biostatisticians in the CTSI Population Health Research group, and the KL2 Program Manager provides grant submission support. These resources facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and the preparation and submission of competitive grant applications. Learn more.

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Zitterkoph.

CCTS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Tuition Scholarship Program

The MSCI Program is a vital component of the University of Utah CTSI and provides classroom and mentored research experience in clinical research, preparing its trainees for careers in clinical investigation, both in academic medicine and the allied health sciences. Students in good standing in the MS in Clinical Investigation may apply for partial tuition scholarships for fall and spring semesters. The amount of the scholarship to each student receiving an award will be between $250 and $1,000 per semester. The amount of the scholarship and number of scholarships each semester will vary depending on the availability of funds. Students must reapply for each semester. Learn more.

For additional information, please contact Ruben Rocha.

 

Contact Us

Lyalya Sultanova
Administrative Assistant, Grants and Contracts
Phone:
Email: lyalya.sultanova@hsc.utah.edu

Jennifer Zitterkoph
Manager, Grants and Contracts
Phone: 801-213-1504
Email: jennifer.zitterkoph@hsc.utah.edu

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