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

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 Health System and The George Washington University are eligible for this award. 
Click HERE to view the information and instructions for the 2018-2019 KL2 RFA.

The Pilot and translational clinical studies program 

The Pilot and Translational Cinical (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
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.
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.


The Voucher Award Program

Investigators are encouraged to apply for vouchers for up to $10,000 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.

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
Proposals that utilize CTSI-CN resource(s) and are relevant to the following CTSI-CN themes will receive highest priority:
1) health of children and families
2) rare genetic diseases
3) child precursors of adult disease or
4) novel devices for pediatric care. 

Preference will be given to junior/assistant level faculty, however faculty at all levels are eligible. Budgets may request funds for supplies, compensation for service or consultant fees (paid by invoice), or services offered through the CTSI-CN. Budgets may NOT request funds for: salaries, travel, publication fees or computer hardware. Applications are limited to 1 page (Ariel, 11 point font) and should include: abbreviated budget, timeline and brief description of the project including introduction, significance and research strategy. If the project will utilize CTSI-CN services, please meet with a member of the CTSI-CN team that will provide the service, prior to submitting the application. Faculty are eligible for 1 funded voucher every 12 months.

These awards differ from pilot studies. The intention is to produce a specific deliverable (specific set of preliminary data for grant or manuscript submission; survey; app/tool; etc.) within a very short time-frame — therefore proposals must demonstrate that the project is “shovel-ready”. 

For more information about this funding program, please use The Faculty and Staff Directory to contact the Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science module.