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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).

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Health Equity are now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP).

The research program lasts for 12 weeks during the summer of 2015, and provides awardees with:


  • An opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research

  • A structured core curriculum, including a mentored research project, weekly seminars, networking activities, small group discussions, and a final poster presentation

  • A stipend of approximately $424/week for full-time engagement from June 1-Aug. 21, 2015

To apply, students must be enrolled at a Minnesota college or university. In addition, applicants must be interested in health equity or minority health research, or from a population underrepresented in research.

Applications are due by noon on Feb. 6, 2015. Visit z.umn.edu/urp2015 to learn more, download the request for applications (RFA), and apply.

Investigators from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic have a new opportunity to advance their research, thanks to the launch of a collaborative grant program that is now accepting applications.

The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) established the Translational Product Development Fund (TPDF) program in conjunction with the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics (MNP).

The TPDF program supports the advancement of projects that have the potential to be commercialized, such as projects that aim to form a start-up company or create a license agreement with an established commercial entity. Ultimately, the program aims to impact the lives of Minnesotans by translating research discoveries into new therapies and treatment approaches for patients.

All full-time University of Minnesota faculty (all campuses) and Mayo Clinic Associate Consultant to Consultant investigators from the Rochester campus are invited to apply. Mandatory letters of intent (LOIs) are due by 5pm on December 19, 2014 (Cycle 1) and May 1, 2015 (Cycle 2), and must be submitted via an online form. Select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

The program offers two levels of possible funding:


  • Tier 1: Awards up to $50,000 in total direct costs to support projects that aim to establish scientific and technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential.

  • Tier 2: Awards up to $200,000 to advance projects past the feasibility assessment as described in Tier 1, and toward the creation of a commercial entity or licensing agreement; applications for this tier require approval from program administration.

In addition, awardees will receive a customized project development team (PDT) to help advance projects along the translational development pathway.

To learn more about this grant program, download the RFA, and view other current CTSI funding opportunities, visit z.umn.edu/ctsifunding.