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10.09.2012

Miami CTSI Offering Support for New Research Services and Funding Opportunities

The Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce that extensive research-related resources, including more than $750,000 in services and awards for fiscal year 2013 are available to support investigators on all UM campuses who are conducting research which has the potential to improve the health of our diverse community.

Recently established by an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to become the nation’s champion of “culturalized health sciences,” the CTSI supports interdisciplinary clinical and translational research that focuses on health problems highly prevalent in ethnic-/racial-minority and medically underserved communities.

As such, all research proposals and requests for these CTSI services and resources should incorporate ideas and approaches from multiple disciplines and/or propose innovative research initiatives that have the potential to translate into improved health.

The new opportunities include approximately $200,000 in direct funding for pilot projects and approximately $400,000 in credits for a broad range of CTSI-supported services and resources. Both are open to junior investigators generating preliminary data for NIH grants, senior investigators focusing on new approaches and investigators with NIH- and intramurally funded studies who require supplements to achieve major interdisciplinary breakthroughs. Also available are two NIH Mentored Research Career Development Awards (K12s) that, for two to three years, will enable two junior faculty to spend 75 percent of their time concentrating on research and to receive $25,000 per year to support research costs.

The $400,000 in CTSI credits can be used for services provided by the following:

• Clinical Research Center (CRC), for procedures required for study participants, implementation of study protocols and data collection (Contact: Joanne Krasnoff, Ph.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

• Research Design and Biostatistics, for consultations on research design and biostatistical analysis (Contact: Maria Jimenez Rodriguez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and the development of novel research design and biostatistical methods required to further clinical and translational research (Contact: Sunil Rao, Ph.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

• Novel Translational Methods, Technologies, and Resources, for use of research laboratories and technologies (Contact: Tamara Levine at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Eligible researchers also may avail themselves of other CTSI-supported expert consultation services, including:

• Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity, for consultations on conceptual, methodological and analytic issues with research with racial/ethnic minorities; strategies for recruiting research participants; establishing community research partnerships; and disseminating findings to relevant stakeholders (Contact: Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

• Novel Translational Methods, Technologies, and Resources, for consultations on novel technologies (Contact: Tamara Levine at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

• BioResource, for consultations on standard operating procedures for patient consent, protection, and privacy, as well as best practices for specimen procurement, processing, quality control, storage, retrieval, and distribution (Contact: Carmen Gomez, M.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

• Regulatory Knowledge and Support, for assistance in meeting FDA and other federal regulatory requirements to establish data safety and monitoring plans and boards, and to ensure/improve the quality of research conducted particularly at the time of study development prior to grant submission (Contact: Jonelle Wright, Ph.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

• Research Ethics, for consultations on ethical considerations (Contact: Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

For applications or additional information, please contact Patricia Avissar at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To review the request for applications for pilot project funding, download RFA for CTSI Pilot Program, and to review the request for the service credits, download RFA for CTSI Service Credits.

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