In-Kind Funding Opportunities Offered by the Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTRI)
The CTRI is now offering Catalyst (formerly "Seed") Grants for CTRI research services. These resources are designed to support early-stage projects that need preliminary data for subsequent applications for federal or foundation grants. The grants are not cash awards; they can only be used for in-kind services. Two levels of support are available:
| Category 1 < $2,000 in total CTRI services - Maximum of two per year per investigator|
| Category 2 $2,000 to $8,000 in CTRI services - One per year per investigator|
Investigators can request CTRI services that include specialized assays performed by CTRI Laboratories, informatics support, and design and biostatistics support (up to $2,000 for Category 1).
Category 2 Catalyst Grants (up to $8,000) are designed to provide funding for CTRI clinical services. Requests can be made for funding for nursing services, study coordination, nutrition assistance, exercise testing, and DEXA scanning. Laboratory assays, as well as support for design, biostatistics, and informatics consultation, can be included in a category 2 request but cannot exceed $2,000. There must be a clinical component in a Category 2 request.
CTRI-supported research should be completed within 6 months of funding. It is desirable but not mandatory that the research also contribute to a grant submission. The CTRI Research Committee will review proposals and evaluate based on scientific merit and compatibility with the program guidelines. Catalyst Grant applications can be submitted at any time, and approved proposals will be funded within 1 month. CTRI membership is required for funding. If you are not a CTRI member – please click here to apply online.
Drug Discovery Catalyst Funding Program
Working with the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics (CPCCG), the CTRI has committed $25,000 – $50,000 to Catalyst Grant Funding for five to ten projects involving the development of high-throughput screening (HTS) assays. This funding program is designed to encourage the early steps of translating laboratory discoveries into clinical applications.
For more information, please visit Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics.
Proteomics Catalyst Grant
The Clinical and Translational Research Institute is soliciting applications from all CTRI members, and particularly junior faculty, for Proteomics Catalyst Grants. These awards exemplify the CTRI mission of developing clinical and translational research, and they support the “bench to bedside to community practice and back” goal of the National Institutes of Health.
For more information, please visit Proteomics.
A list of the currently awarded proteomics Catalyst Grants for round one, 2012, can be found here.
Community In-Kind Catalyst Grants
Start-up grants for community researchers—These are pilot clinical research grants for community-based physicians or agencies without significant previous experience to plan a new research project.
These awards require a senior UCSD faculty co-investigator to help mentor the new community investigators. The grants are not cash awards. They can only be used for in-kind services including: consultation on proposals from the Design, Biostatistics, and Ethics units; assistance from the Regulatory unit on Human Research Protections; assistance from Translational Research Technologies (Laboratories) for specialized assays or services; and consultation with Biomedical Informatics regarding clinical trials software. Up to $5,000 of in-kind services can be provided.
Questions should be addressed to CTRIresources@ucsd.edu.