Pre-Applications for Translational Science Awards

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Pre-Applications for Translational Science Awards

Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM

The NIH invites interested applicants to pre-apply for PAR-15-172 “Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program (U01)”. While not required, pre-application for this award is recommended. Applicants submitting pre-applications that are meritorious and programmatically relevant will be notified of the opportunity to submit a full application.

NCATS is undertaking the CTSA program to “enhance the transit of therapeutics, diagnostics, and preventive interventions along the developmental pipeline; disseminate innovative translational research methods and best practices; and provide leadership in informatics standards and policy development to promote shared resources.” The current opportunity focuses on innovative collaborative investigations into improving translational research methods within the CTSA program at any step in the translational spectrum. Successful proposals will have the following characteristics:

  • Projects should develop a new technology, method, or approach that addresses a general roadblock in science and/or operations that limits the efficiency and effectiveness of translation
  • Projects should demonstrate in one or more use cases whether the tool, method, or approach is effective in accelerating translation, utilizing clear and meaningful metrics and outcomes.
  • Projects should advance collaboration, building on existing strengths and resources of individual CTSA hubs. Whenever possible, projects should include partnerships between CTSA hubs and external stakeholders such as industry or patient organizations.
  • Proposals should include a means for defining and measuring success of the project.

CTSA program awards are available to U.S. higher education institutions and government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. Non-U.S. entities and non-U.S. components of U.S. organizations are not eligible. Pre-applications are due November 10. For more information, including examples of relevant projects, visit the NIH Grants website.

Catherine Sprankle
Catherine Sprankle
Communications Specialist for NICEATM