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CTSI has released RFAs for the following funding programs:

Translational Product Development Fund

  • Supports health research projects that intend to develop a novel therapeutic compound, device, diagnostic, or IT product, and have the potential to be commercialized.
  • Open to University of Minnesota and/or Mayo Clinic researchers
  • Offers either up to $50K to assess feasibility or establish merit, or up to $200K to advance past feasibility toward commercialization (i.e., funding for research that would specifically support the formation of a start-up company or license agreement).

Mandatory letters of intent due May 1.

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Pediatric Medical Device Translational Grant Program

  • Supports the development of pediatric medical devices, with the ultimate goal of improving pediatric patient outcomes and quality of life through technology-driven medical solutions.
  • Open to University of Minnesota faculty, including affiliated faculty at the VA, HCMC, Regions Hospital, and the Children's Hospitals of Minnesota.
  • Offers each funded project a maximum of $50K for one year.

Mandatory letters of intent due May 1.

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CTSI's Dissemination & Implementation Awards program is now accepting proposals.

  • Provides funding to research teams so they can apply research to the real world, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.
  • Will award a total of $20,000 to 6-12 collaborative research teams to support the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health strategies into our communities.
  • Requires collaboration between University researchers and Minnesota-based community organizations.

Proposals are due April 27, 2015.

View the RFA | Learn more and apply

For questions or more information, please contact or 612-624-4247.

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 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.
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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.
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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 or 612-625-CTSI (2874).

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

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, 612-626-9913 (office), or 612-356-4699 (cell), while Dr. Payne can be reached at or 612-813-6418 (office).