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CTSI has made it easier for research teams to access and use the Clinical Translational Research Portal's (CTR Portal) scheduling system by adding the following new capabilities:

• Users can now request access to the scheduling system from within the CTR Portal.
• Principal Investigators (PIs) can electronically authorize scheduling system access.
• Scheduling system automatically determines which clinic calendar users can access, based on the needs of the project.
• Scheduling system only allows project events to be scheduled on the approved calendar.

The CTR Portal now offers these new features to all current scheduling system users. Current users do not need to take further action.

CTSI is now accepting applications for the following initiatives:

Clinical Research Services Pilot Funding Program

  • Supports full-time University of Minnesota faculty by providing them with up to $5,000 toward planning for a clinical interventional pilot study.
  • Eligible pilot study plans will be considered for $25,000-75,000 in additional funding for study implementation.
  • It is expected that the data gathered through this funding mechanism will inform the study design of a larger clinical trial.
  • Mandatory LOIs due March 16.
View RFA | Learn more


Community Research Van

  • This new mobile health lab is designed to help University research teams conduct health studies in the five-state area.
  • Features a laptop, space for private interviews, and equipment for measuring height, weight, cholesterol, heart rates, body composition, and blood sugar.
  • Researchers who wish to conduct studies that address human health issues can request to use the van at no cost to the research team.
  • Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.
View the RFA | Learn more


Informatics Seed Grants Program

  • Supports University junior faculty that pursue innovative health informatics research that lays the groundwork for successful extramural grant funding.
  • Research must be interdisciplinary and could cover a wide range of topics, such as clinical information systems, clinical research informatics, consumer health informatics, dental informatics, human factors, human-computer interaction, knowledge discovery, and data mining.
  • Will award five projects with up to $20,000 each.
  • Mandatory LOIs due March 16.
View the RFA | Learn more


For questions or more information, please contact ctsi@umn.edu or 612-625-CTSI (2874).

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting applications for the Community Health Collaborative Grants Program.

This funding program supports community-university pilot research projects that address important health issues identified by Minnesota communities. Awards are designed to stimulate high-impact research, while building and sustaining long-term partnerships between University of Minnesota researchers and community representatives.

CTSI can help interested applicants identify potential research partners, and anticipates awarding a total of approximately $325,000 to 5-6 proposals.

Mandatory letters of interest are due by Feb. 19, 2015, with full applications (by invitation) due April 15, 2015.

For questions or more information, please visit the program's webpage or contact CTSI's Research Navigator at ctsi@umn.edu or 612.625.2874.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is now accepting applications for the Translational Research Development Program.

  • Opportunity for pre- and postdoctoral trainees to gain experience in clinical and translational research focused on human health
  • Up to $16,000 in research funds over two years, to advance a project along the translational spectrum
  • Mentoring team, monthly seminars, National Translational Science Meeting, joint programming with faculty scholars, and ongoing support
  • Career development infrastructure to support investigator success with a goal of securing publication in a peer-reviewed journal

Letters of intent are due Feb. 12, 2015. Visit z.umn.edu/ctsied to learn more, download the request for applications (RFA), and apply.

The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), in partnership with the University's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, is now accepting applications for the 2014 Child Health Collaborative Grant Award. The groups teamed up to create this new grant program as part of a broader effort to support research partnerships among community and University child health researchers.

The program supports collaborative research that addresses important, unmet child health issues in Minnesota by developing and translating innovative, evidence-based health improvement strategies. Ultimately, the program aims to improve the health of children and adolescents throughout the state.

Applicants must involve at least two co-principal investigators: one from Children's, and one from the University of Minnesota. The application also must demonstrate active engagement with and input from an investigator based in the University of Minnesota Medical School's Department of Pediatrics. Proposals can be based on active partnerships, but applications that generate new partnerships are strongly encouraged. Junior investigators are also encouraged to apply.

Mandatory letters of intent are due by January 30, 2015. Investigative teams will then be invited to submit a full application. One award will be funded, with a two-year budget period spanning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. The program will consider total budget requests of up to $200,000.

To learn more about the Child Health Collaborative Grant Award, download the RFA, and view other current CTSI funding opportunities, visit z.umn.edu/ctsifunding.

For additional insight and suggestions for a successful proposal, feel free to contact the program's key collaborators: Dr. Mark Schleiss, CTSI Child Health Champion, or Dr. Rob Payne of Children's. Dr. Schleiss can be reached at schleiss@umn.edu, 612-626-9913 (office), or 612-356-4699 (cell), while Dr. Payne can be reached at rob.payne@childrensmn.org or 612-813-6418 (office).