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Funding from the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at Children's National

CTSI-CN Winter 2020 -2021 Voucher

The Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science Module of CTSI-CN Announces a Call for Winter 2020-2021 Voucher Applications


Awards of up to $4K each are available for multidisciplinary research teams engaged in biomedical or community research aimed at translating discovery to improved health.  Research teams must include 2 or more independent investigators, with one designated as the PI for the entire application. The purpose of this voucher opportunity is to support research that will eventually lead to collaborative or multiple PI proposals.

Studies of all types (T1-T4) are eligible and faculty at all levels may apply. Investigators who received Voucher or Team Science funding in 2019-2020 are ineligible for this particular award cycle.  Expected deliverables include coauthored papers, collection of preliminary data, submitted federal proposals, development of collaborative intellectual property, or a defined timeline for these.

Applications are limited to 2 pages (Arial, 11 point font), not including references.  Applications should include: 1) title, 2) timeline for expected deliverables, and 3) brief description of the project in NIH format (intro, significance, innovation, aim(s), research plan). Biosketches and an NIH-style budget are also required as separate documents. Applications that do not adhere to above guidelines and those on the following page will not be reviewed.

Due to the extremely short turnaround time for utilization of funds (especially during COVID restrictions), IRB approval for projects involving human subjects or IACUC approval for projects involving animals is required at the time of submission of the application.  Ideally, the studies proposed will be ongoing or rapidly deployable.

Important Dates:

  • Proposals Due: January 1, 2021
  • Funding Announcements: January 31, 2021
  • Awarded Period: March 1, 2021- May 31, 2021. No extensions allowed.

Applicants are encouraged to utilize CTSI-CN resources (such as those listed on page 3 of this RFA for research support.

To learn more about the research interests of faculty colleagues and potential collaborators at GW visit (requires GW log in credentials) or Expert Finder.  
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CTSI-CN Winter 2020 Voucher for COVID-19 Research

The Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science Module of CTSI-CN Announces a Call for Winter 2020 Voucher Applications Specific for COVID-19 Research

Awards of up to $4K each are available for projects that propose innovative, high-impact studies that focus on either: a) pediatric COVID; b) public health issues or disease mechanisms associated with minorities that are disproportionately affected by COVID.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize CTSI-CN resources for research support such as:
  • Informatics: Support for leverage of National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) resources (
  • Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design (BERD): Assistance with study design and analysis
  • Community Engagement or Special Populations: Strategies for recruitment from specific populations
  • Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science: Assistance with team creation and support
  • Regulatory Knowledge & Support
  • Innovations in Clinical Trials or Enhancing Clinical Trial Recruitment
Applications are limited to 2 pages (Arial, 11 point font). Applications should include: 1) title 2) abbreviated budget, 3) timeline and 4) brief description of the project in NIH format (intro, significance, innovation, aim(s), research plan). 
Important Dates:
  • Proposals Due: November 15, 2020
  • Funding Announcements: January 1, 2021
  • Awarded Funds Expire: May 31, 2021. No extensions allowed.

The Pilot and translational clinical studies program 

The Pilot and Translational Clinical (PTC) Studies Program offers pilot awards once per year in three distinct pilot programs. Research supported through this mechanism should provide critical preliminary data to support an extramural research application within two years of the completion of this award.
The Community Engagement Pilot Program is focused on funding projects that directly address translational science involving the community. This program is designed to fund research projects involving partnerships between researchers and community organizations. The program will provide funds in the form of a planning grant whereby a research-community partnership is able to prepare for larger funded grants. The most recent RFA is available HERE (pdf). 
For the Discovery Pilot Program, the PTC deliberately targets a broad range of disciplines and levels of inquiry ranging from basic, translational, and clinical to population-based research that covers the human life span with a special emphasis on disorders of childhood, including those that extend into adulthood, and on disorders that have their antecedents in childhood. Examples include cardiovascular disease, obesity, sickle cell disease, asthma, and others. Multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative projects are especially encouraged. The most recent RFA is available HERE (pdf).
The Translation-Acceleration Pilot (TAP) Program of the CTSI-CN is focused on barriers that involve methodological issues, institutional structures, and early clinical feasibility. This program is designed to challenge investigators to identify issues that hinder CTR using internal workshops and surveys. The TAP Program would not typically support translational research itself, but would support efforts to identify solutions to these barriers. The immediate goal is to accelerate child health CTR and the development of clinical trials. Multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative projects are especially encouraged. The most recent RFA is available HERE (pdf).

Team science awards

Translational Team Science Awards (TTSAs)

Translational Team Science Awards (TTSAs) aim to promote creative, multidisciplinary team-based research focused on complex or challenging biomedical research questions. TTSA research teams must be comprised of 3 or more independent disciplines or types of expertise. Teams may be formed from any combination of academic labs, clinical partners, industry or foundations. Innovative, high-impact studies of all types (T1-T4) are eligible and faculty at all levels may apply. The total budget for an entire team may not exceed $25,000 in total costs. The project period is 12 months long with no extensions. 

Population Health Team Science Awards (PHTSAs)

Awards of up to $25K each are available for projects that propose innovative, high-impact multidisciplinary studies in community-based population health research. The aim of the PHTSA is to form partnerships between two or more faculty from different disciplines and at least one community partner to embark on projects that utilize community based participatory research methods to focus on health disparities in a marginalized population. The research question should be such that no individual within the team could complete the project without the additional expertise of all the other members of the team.

mentored career development (kl2) award 

A critical function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) is to train highly motivated individuals from different disciplines with varied scholarly interests to conduct multidisciplinary clinical/patient-oriented research. This is one of several programs within the CTSI-CN and is called the Mentored Career Development Award (KL2). 
The KL2 Program will award up to 2 new scholars if sufficiently meritorious applications are received. Funding will be awarded for 2 years; a maximum of 3 years of funding will be considered if sufficient justification is provided for a 3-year research and training program. Faculty at both Children's National Hospital and George Washington University are eligible for this award. 
Click HERE to view the information and instructions for the 2019-2020 KL2 RFA.
Click HERE to see a chart comparing the Children's National CHRCDA to the CTSI-CN KL2.  

The Voucher Award Program

Click HERE (.pdf) to view the most recent voucher RFA.  
Apply HERE for the CTSI-CN Winter 2019 Voucher Applications.
Investigators are encouraged to apply for vouchers for up to $4,000 to support innovative, high-impact, clinical and translational research. The goal of the voucher program is to assist investigators in developing resources and/or preliminary data to facilitate hypothesis-driven research initiatives. Awarded projects should be "shovel-ready" and lead to a paper and/or proposal submission within 6 months of the award. 
All high impact research relevant to health and well-being throughout the lifespan is eligible. Support is not limited to pediatric research. Junior faculty are preferred, but ALL faculty are eligible, except those who received vouchers within the past year (9/30/17 - present). Funds may be used for services, supplies, and participant incentives. Utilization of CTSI-CN services or institutional cores is highly encouraged. Funds may NOT be used for consultants, salaries, student stipends, travel, publication fees, or computer hardware. Budget questions should be sent to Valery Yankov (Children's National) well before the application deadline.
CTSI-CN resources for research support:  
  • Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design
  • Community Engagement Support
  • Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science
  • Translational Studies or Translational Workforce Development
  • Regulatory Knowledge & Support
  • Integrating Special Populations or Improving Participant/Clinical Interaction in Clinical Research
  • Innovations in Clinical Trials or Enhancing Clinical Trial Recruitment
  • Projects that Accelerate Development of Devices/Treatments for Orphan Diseases
CTSI-CN services and resources are described in more detail HERE.  
For more information about this funding program, please use The Faculty and Staff Directory to contact the Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science module. 

So you've submitted a successful LOI...

Depending on your study, you may have to:

  • Consult the IRB
  • Write up a research and data plan 
  • Formulate a budget 
  • Create a study timeline
  • Develop a team structure
  • And fill out essential documentation to get NCATS Approval

There’s a lot to do, but we’ve designed our NCATS services to walk you through the entire process. We strongly recommend that all our awardees (i.e researchers, administrators, and research staff) attend our live Information Sessions or use our resources below to better understand the process, best practices and, ultimately, quicken their approval. 

To view the most recent NCATS Approval Information Session, please click the link below:

NCATS Prior Approval Information Session 

Click here to view the Pilots Powerpoint Presentation

Click CTSI CN NCATS Prior Approval Team Science Presentation FINAL 5.28.20.pdf to view the Team Science Powerpoint Presentation 

To view a collection of successful past documentation, please click the link below:

CTSI-CN NCATS Prior Approval Repository