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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published on October 12, 2005, a request for applications (RFA) for institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) (RFA-RM-06-002). This new CTSA program, which the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is leading on behalf of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, will transform and advance clinical and translational science as a distinct discipline within a definable academic home. Since the RFA will be issued annually, academic health centers, including those with General Clinical Resource Centers (GCRCs), can build on their existing resources and transform into this new integrated program over a period of years.

Also, a one-time planning grant RFA has been announced to give institutions more time to prepare to apply for a CTSA (RFA-RM-06-001).

The CTSA program will build on existing programs by reconfiguring and adding to certain NIH awards (NCRR GCRC [M01], K12, and K30 and Roadmap T32 and K12) held by the applicant institution and its affiliates.

Complete details are available at grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-RR-06-001.html.


Purpose: The goal of this request for applications is to enable the development of the disciplines of clinical and translational science by providing the resources to create an academic home and to benefit translational research. The academic home may be a center, department, or institute, as determined by institutional circumstances that support the discipline of clinical and translational research. Each individual center, department, or institute will

  • Provide opportunities and resources for original research on novel methods and approaches to translational and clinical science

  • Provide the translational technologies and knowledge base for the spectrum of clinical and translational science, including all types and sizes of studies and specialties

  • Integrate translational and clinical science by fostering collaboration between departments and schools of an institution and between institutions and industry

  • Provide a point of contact for partnerships …

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