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Requests for Applications

Pediatric Medical Device Translational Grant Program

April 10, 2014 (by 5pm): Mandatory letters of intent due
May 22, 2014 (by 5pm): Full proposals due (by invitation)

Program Overview
This funding 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. The program’s partners, CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) and the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC), will provide funded investigators with work strategy guidance, frequent feedback, and access to comprehensive internal and external services. ODAT and PDIC anticipate funding up to three projects, awarding each a maximum of $50,000 for one year.

Application Instructions

Research Services Mini Pilot Award

N/A (awarded on a continuous basis)

Program Overview
This program is designed to assist UMN faculty members in developing preliminary data for promising and innovative research projects. This mini pilot funding opportunity is awarded with the expectation that preliminary and exploratory data will be collected and used within a larger research project proposal for application of additional future internal or external funding. Funding will be provided to support the costs of clinical research support services through CTSI. Mini awards up to $5,000 of support services will be awarded on a continuous basis.

Application Instructions
Download the RFP for additional information and the details of the application process.

TTR Core Usage Funding Program

Due the 10th of any month

Program Overview
The ongoing Core Usage Funding Program provides quick access to funding to use the Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR)-designated Core Resources. Nine eligible Core Resources are identified on the RFA. Applicants may request up to $10,000 to use a TTR-designated Core Resource for up to one year.

The PI must consult with the appropriate Core Director to discuss feasibility, cost, and a timeline prior to submitting an application. Please review the RFA for additional considerations. This funding supports research to advance medical knowledge that can improve human health.

This funding opportunity is open to PIs who hold a faculty level appointment, Assistant Professor or higher. A direct or clear link to human health or disease must be provided for proposals that include animal models or in vitro culture systems.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th day of any month. Funding decisions are communicated to the PI on the 10th day of the month following the application.

Application Instructions
Download the RFA
for more information about the application process.

Cross-Institutional Award for Health Disparities Research and Health Systems Change

  • Cross-institutional funding opportunity from the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the University of California – Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
  • Supports pilot projects that address health disparities and health systems problems of importance to Southern California and Minnesota, and seeks projects in which community-based organizations participate fully with faculty in the research process.
  • Research questions must be relevant to community needs and community organizations must be involved in the formulation, execution, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of the research.
  • Applications are required to include co-PIs from both the University of Minnesota and UCLA, and at least one community partner.
  • The program is not currently accepting applications.

Collaborative Health Equity Award

The goal of the Wisconsin-Minnesota CTSA Collaborative Health Equity Award Program is to facilitate cross CTSA translational research dedicated to addressing minority health disparities to promote health equity. The Wisconsin and Minnesota CTSAs anticipate jointly contributing to one award with a maximum grant of $150,000 in direct costs for 18-24 months. Projects may be an extension of other work, but cannot overlap with any funded project or be used as bridging support for projects for which funding has lapsed. Awards were announced on March 1, 2013; the program is not currently accepting applications.

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 U of M researchers and community representatives. CTSI can help interested applicants identify potential research partners.

Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program

The Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program is designed to support pilot research and evaluation projects that address important human health issues in Minnesota and utilize the population attending the Minnesota State Fair. Studies funded through this mechanism must enroll and collect data from subjects at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair using the new Driven to Discover research building. This dedicated research facility offers university and community researchers access to approximately 1.7 million potential participants each year, and will be a unique resource for carrying out population-based research. CTSI’s Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH) will support 2-6 grant recipients, awarding a combined $30,000. The program is not currently accepting applications.

F&T Pilot Grant Program

The F&T Pilot Grant is available to:
• postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees who currently hold an individual peer-reviewed external fellowship (NIH F-series or other comparable award);
• postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees currently supported by a NIH T32 or T90/R90 training grant; and
• predoctoral trainees in good standing in the MD/PhD or DDS/PhD programs.

• The program aims to provide an opportunity for early stage investigators to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research.
• Research funds up to $16,000 available for up to two years
• Requires a senior faculty mentor conducting clinical and translational research or a biostatistician mentor from the University of Minnesota.

Learn more about the F&T Pilot Grant Program.

Novel Methods Pilot Funding Opportunity

The purpose of the Novel Methods Pilot program is to provide support for investigators to incorporate novel methods into their translational research programs.
Novel methods include: 1) 3D imaging based on advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology; 2) clinical trial simulations and prediction of drug response; 3) cell-based immune modulation therapy using ex vivo activated and expanded human T regulatory cells (Tregs); 4) sequence-specific nucleases for precise genome modification of cells and organisms; 5) transposon-mediated gene transfer for gene therapy or as a discovery tool for medically relevant genes and pathways.

  • Open to full time Assistant, Associate, of Full Professors at the University of Minnesota; the PI must hold a doctorate degree
  • Focus on human-relevant translational research with the potential to impact human health and/or disease
  • Application cycle is currently closed.

View the 2012 Novel Methods Pilot Grant recipients.

Research Services Pilot Funding Program

This funding program supports focused clinical research pilot projects and is designed to poise U of M researchers for future success by providing pilot data for extramural funding and publications. Funded investigators can access a wide range of services for planning, implementing, conducting, and analyzing studies, from consultations and support to clinical facilities, staff, and procedures.

Shared University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic (SUMMA) Award

  • Inaugural cycle of a new, competitive award program that will support join projects at the University of Minnesota's Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Mayo Clinic)'s Center for Translational Science Activities.
  • The overall goal of this funding mechanism is to establish long-term collaborations between both Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) funded organizations by building on expertise and infrastructure unique to each institution and generating pilot data that can be used to support extramural grant applications.
  • The initial round of the Shared University of Minnesota and MAyo Clinic CTSA Award (SUMMA Award) will solicit focused projects that allow investigators to produce pilot data and demonstrate feasibility for projects that examine issues important to community health.
  • Requires a Principal Investigator from the University of Minnesota and from Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
  • Funding up to $60,000 in direct costs available for each award, for a duration of one year.
  • Awards commenced in September 2012; the program is not currently accepting applications.   

Translational Grant Program

The Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) Translational Grant Program helps drive research that translates basic science discoveries into patient benefit, with the overarching goal of improving human health. In addition to funds, awarded projects will also receive a project development team with the appropriate expertise to help determine project milestones, identify key gaps, and strengthen the project’s likelihood of advancing toward new therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, or treatment approaches.


Education and Career Development Opportunities

Career Development Opportunities for Junior Investigators

CTSI offers four training programs to support clinical and translational research career development. Programs are designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers. Eligibility ranges from Assistant Professors in rank ≤ 4 years to Associate Professors in rank ≤ 7 years.

Career Development Opportunity for Pre- and Postdoctoral Trainees

The F&T Pilot Grant supports postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees who currently hold an individual peer-reviewed external fellowship (NIH F-series or other comparable award); postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees currently supported by a NIH T32 or T90/R90 training grant; and predoctoral trainees in good standing in the MD/PhD or DDS/PhD programs.

Career Development Opportunity for Health Professional Students

Learn about the Summer Advanced Research Program for health professional students.

Career Development Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

Learn about the Center for Health Equity and Clinical and Translational Science Institute Undergraduate Research Program (URP).

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