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Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Community and Collaboration component offers funding for translational projects

The Community and Collaboration (C&C) component of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) is offering a new funding opportunity intended to support, promote and highlight multi-disciplinary collaborations. The CTSC C&C component will provide pilot funding for a Translational Research Project (TRP) that addresses a particular health issue or problem facing the local community.

Applicants must consist of teams that include investigators from more than one discipline and at least one engaged community stakeholder.

As one of the two largest, cross-institutional components of the CTSC, the C&C component strives to foster translational research conducted by effective multidisciplinary investigative teams enriched with a diversity of stakeholders in order to institutionalize team science with stakeholder engagement across the CTSC.

According to the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, which funds the CTSC, translation is the “process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.”

Therefore, the CTSC C&C component will focus on awarding TRP projects that can clearly articulate how the project “traverses a particular step of the translation process for a particular target or disease.”

Scope of proposals

The CTSC C&C component welcomes proposals from both established and emergent teams containing interdisciplinary members that are committed to engaging stakeholders as a part of their TRP. Priority will be given to those with well-identified stakeholder partners, as well as applicants with a completed TAP4.

Successful proposals will demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of team science and stakeholder engagement, as well as clearly identify and articulate how the TRP pilot funds will be used to both be translational and improve population health outcomes.


Awards for the translational research pilot projects will be granted by the CTSC C&C component.

The C&C will fund two $30,000 awards and must be expended before April 30, 2020.

Case Western Reserve University will serve as the fiscal entity through which CTSC monies will be distributed and awards administered.


The collaborative lead (PI) is required to be a full-time faculty member (or the equivalent) from Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center or Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and eligible to be a PI for a National Institutes of Health grant.

Other eligibility requirements are:

  • Team includes investigators from at least two disciplines (different schools, institutions, departments, etc.);
  • Team must include at least one external/community stakeholder who is engaged as a research partner with role and responsibility fully articulated;
  • Guaranteed ability to expend funds before April 30, 2020;
  • If human subjects are involved, approved IRB number or copy of IRB application must be included with the application; and
  • The institution of record will be the PI’s primary institution.

The deadline for request for applications is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more about the opportunity and apply.