CTSC Community & Collaboration Component Translational Research Project Pilot Funding Opportunity

Request for Applications 2020

The Community and Collaboration (C&C) component of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity intended to support, promote and highlight interdisciplinary teams – which include translational partners – by providing pilot funding for a Translational Research Project1 (TRP) that addresses a particular population or public health issue. The C&C will fund up to two $30,000 awards. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2020.

Scope of Proposals

As one of the two largest, cross institutional components of the CTSC the C&C component strives to foster translational research conducted by effective interdisciplinary investigative teams enriched with a diversity of stakeholders in order to spark creative solutions to complex health problems and accelerate translation of findings into practice across the CTSC in Greater Cleveland. According to the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), 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 is translational, or “traverses a particular step of the translation process for a particular target or disease,” as well as, how the population health issue being addressed benefits from engaging end user stakeholders or translational partner on an interdisciplinary research team. Successful applicants will include on their research team investigators from more than one discipline and at least one engaged translational partner, or stakeholder.

Additionally, the CTSC C&C component welcomes proposals from both established and emergent teams. 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 improve population health outcomes. Importantly, we are looking for projects that have a clear understanding and projection of their translational product. Translational products are not only procedures, devices and policies, but protocols, interventions, and therapies as well.


Awards for the translational research pilot projects will be granted by the CTSC C&C component. The C&C will fund up to two $30,000 awards and must be expended before April 30, 2021.

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


For inquiries, please contact Ms. Anna Thornton Matos, C&C Project Director at abt11@case.edu or at 216.368.5776.