Translational Grant Program


The purpose of this funding program is to help drive the highest quality early stage translational research through the complex process of translating basic science discoveries into patient benefit. The overarching goal is to positively impact human health in Minnesota and the nation.

  • A Project Development Team will be formed for each funded project to determine critical project milestones, identify key gaps, and strengthen the likelihood for progress toward eventual development into a new therapeutic or treatment approach.
  • Submission of a brief letter of intent (LOI) is required.
  • CTSI anticipates funding up to 8 awards projects in 2014
  • Each award will be for up to $50,000 direct costs for one year. No indirect costs are allowed.
  • The principal investigator (PI) must have a faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota at the time of submission. Download the RFA for more detailed eligibility criteria.

The program is not currently accepting applications. View the RFA (previous cycle).


  • In vitro and in vivo studies supporting the development of new therapeutics, diagnostics, devices or treatment approaches related to human disease.
  • Development of human cell/tissue/organ culture systems for use in safety and efficacy studies of therapeutics and vaccines.
  • Development of new models of human disease that could be used in the testing of therapeutics, diagnostics, devices or treatment approaches related to human disease.
  • Genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic studies supporting the establishment of new biomarkers for diagnosis and/or treatment of human disease.
  • Structural/imaging studies to aid in the diagnosis and/or treatment of human disease.
  • Development of new medical devices or human diagnostics.


  • Awards announced May 2014
  • Funding initiated July 1, 2014

Contact Sandra Wells, PhD
Assistant Director, Office of Discovery and Translation
612-625-3073 or

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