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Updates from Center for Clinical & Translational Science - CCTS

The CCTS is the home for clinical and translational science in our institutions, the state of Utah, and within the Mountain West Region. It builds on our strengths in genetics and bioinformatics to translate promising bench science into practices that improve human health. The center serves as an academic home for clinical and translational research, developing innovative health services for the community and health researchers, and training a new generation of clinical and translational investigators. Four foundations of discovery compose the center: Clinical Trials Support, Population Health, Precision Medicine, and Workforce Development, and these foundations provide support for T1 to T4 research.

Please contact Lyalya Sultanova with any questions regarding the below CCTS announcements, programs, or opportunities.


CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award
LOI Deadline: February 15th, 2021
Application Deadline: April 12th, 2021

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), University of Iowa and the University of Utah Health are soliciting applications from all faculty members—senior as well as junior investigators—for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). The purpose of this RFA is to promote inter‐institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve three or more of these six CTSA institutions.

Please click HERE to download the full CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project AwardRFP.


“Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals” Livestreamed Seminar
March 1-2, 2021 | 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Presenter: John D. Robertson, Ph.D.
Registration Deadline: February 17th, 2021

This two-part seminar by Dr. John Robertson will comprehensively address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience. Emphasis is given to doing the 'extra' things that can make the difference between success and failure, such as demanding that the idea yield a vertical advance in the applicant's field when acted upon; identification of the most appropriate granting agency for the idea, including whether the idea is relevant to an agency's priorities - or not; use of an agency's review criteria to inform writing of the application; and practical understanding of tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an investigator's project to reviewers.

Participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic using the step-by-step process outlined in The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook, which leads reviewers through an application without them knowing that they are being led. Coping strategies to overcome the fact that applicants are writing for two different audiences - the assigned reviewers, who read the application in its entirety, and non-assigned reviewers who may have read little, or nothing, of the proposal before the meeting of the review-panel - are emphasized.

All participants will receive an extensive handout, as well as a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook. The registration cost of the seminar is $250.

Please contact Lyalya Sultanova by February 17th, 2021 to register.


Utah CCTS STARS TL1 Training Program
Applications due: January 21st, by 11:59pm (MST)

The Utah CCTS STARS TL1 Training Program welcomes applications from PhD and MD pre-doctoral and post-doctoral positions. The Program provides pre-/post-doctoral training opportunities in translational research across 3 spheres of emphasis; Discovery, Demonstration, and Dissemination. Together, these define our STARS (Spheres of Translation Across the Research Spectrum.)

Applications are now being accepted. We would especially like to encourage applications by individuals who are historically underrepresented in clinical and translational science.

Full eligibility criteria and application instructions are available HERE.

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Last Updated: 4/13/21