Internal Funding Opportunities

The Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) offers a variety of funding and program opportunities to advance the research community.

The 2019 Call for Opportunities will be released in August 2019.

CCTS Community-Initiated Pilot Project Award

Community-initiated translational research pilot projects that focus oncommunity-identified health-related needs and involve collaborations between community organizations and researchers. It is expected that the research supported by each of these pilot awards will result in one or more publications and/or presentations, and will collect data that will be used to apply for funding from NIH or other funders to expand and continue the projects. The project should include a collaboration between the following:

  1. Leader(s) of a community organization located in Utah
  2. Researcher(s) affiliated with a Utah CCTS organization – University of Utah, Utah Department of Health, Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, Intermountain Healthcare, or HealthInsight 

Applications are currently being accepted and are due November 15, 2019. For additional information, please contact Sarah Elliott.

CCTS Pilot Project Award

Pilot projects will exemplify the CCTS mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the NIH. The purpose of this research announcement is to support pilot projects that utilize the CCTS infrastructure to produce preliminary data for competitive NIH grant proposals in clinical and translational (T1, T2, T3, and T4) research. Projects must be of high methodological quality and must demonstrate feasible and generalizable solutions to translational research problems.

We are currently open for applications, and full details can be found here.

CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award: University of Utah, UNM HSC, KUMC, UAMS, and KU

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) of University of Utah (UU), University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and the University of Kentucky (KU) 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 NIH. The purpose of this funding announcement is to promote inter‐institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more of these four CTSA institutions.

Application Due Date: April 19, 2019

Applications are currently being accepted, for additional information please contact Sarah Elliott.

CCTS KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar Program

Co-directed by Drs. Maureen Murtaugh and David Turok, the CCTS KL2 is supported by the Utah CCTS, Primary Children’s Hospital Foundation (Intermountain Healthcare), and Utah Department of Health. The overall goal is to foster translational research on clinically relevant questions enabling basic science findings to be more rapidly applied to clinical problems. The competitive training program offers mentored research and career development support for clinical junior investigators conducting innovative research for one or two years, based on available funding.

Scholars commit to a minimum of 75 percent protected time for research and training and are encouraged and provided resources to seek independent grant research support during the award period. Each scholar participates in the University of Utah Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars program that includes didactic education, mentored research, interdisciplinary works-in-progress seminars, and team-building experiences. A structured curriculum has been designed to provide leadership competencies and develop the essential research knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher. They are provided a mentoring team consisting of a scientific mentor, a VPCAT senior mentor, peer mentors, and staff mentors support.

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Scholar program co-directors meet with scholars quarterly to oversee the mentorship of the scholar to assure progress. Each scholar creates and completes an individual development program tailored to their research and career development needs. Scholars have access to biostatisticians in the CCTS Population Health Research group, and the KL2 Program Manager provides grant submission support. These resources facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data, and the preparation and submission of competitive grant applications. Learn more.


CCTS Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Tuition Scholarship Program

The MSCI Program is a vital component of the University of Utah CCTS and provides classroom and mentored research experience in clinical research, preparing its trainees for careers in clinical investigation, both in academic medicine and the allied health sciences. Students in good standing in the MS in Clinical Investigation may apply for partial tuition scholarships for fall and spring semesters. The amount of the scholarship to each student receiving an award will be between $250 and $1,000 per semester. The amount of the scholarship and number of scholarships each semester will vary depending on the availability of funds. Students must reapply for each semester. Learn more.

CCTS Peer Grant Review Program

The Utah CCTS accepts research strategy/plan narratives for pre-submission peer review. Rigorous grant review prior to the submission of an application to a funding agency is an essential component of successful applications. The goal of the pre-submission peer review is to provide useful feedback regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the research narrative in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible. Each research narrative will receive a thorough and impartial review by at least one reviewer. Each narrative will be scored independently using the NIH review criteria. Investigators will be provided reviews within 30 days after submission, allowing for adequate time to incorporate reviewer comments into their final agency submission. All health sciences faculty submitting grant applications are eligible to submit their research narratives for review.

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Linda Galbreath
Manager, Grants and Contracts
Phone: 801-585-9675

Sarah Elliott
Grants Officer
Phone: 801-213-1504