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CTSI is now accepting applications for three programs that help U of M junior investigators build their research careers.

Programs provide a comprehensive career development infrastructure that supports awardees via funding, mentorship, exclusive seminars, individualized development plans, and ongoing support.

Applications are due by noon on May 14, 2015.

New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program

  • Supports assistant professors (rank ≤ 4 years) interested in clinical or translational research
  • Offers $52,000 in research and travel funds, to be expended over 2 years
  • Aims to put new investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH K awards

Learn more and apply by 5/14.

KL2 Scholars Career Development Program

  • Supports assistant professors (rank ≤ 6 years) conducting clinical and translational research
  • Offers 75% salary support and up to $26,000/year in research and travel funds for 3 years
  • Aims to support investigators as they work toward a goal of securing independent NIH funding

Learn more and apply by 5/14.

K to R01 Transition to Independence Program

  • Supports assistant professors (rank ≤ 7 years) who have active K awards for ≤ 4 years at the time of application
  • Offers $50,000 in research funds to be expended over two years
  • Designed to place junior investigators further on the path to be competitive for R01 awards

Learn more and apply by 5/14.

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.