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Communication is a two-way street

With the ever-increasing pace as well as available modes of communications all around us, our goal remains to get you the information you need in the most concise, timely and efficient manner and, at the same time, hear from you. While many of our channels target the NCATS / CTSA community dyad, the CTSA Program monthly Webinar is one venue we have to update the consortium regarding news and activities, especially those that are taking place within the CTSA Program itself, across NIH, and even beyond to our Federal partners and other interested parties with overlapping equities.

To make this navigation through the array of options easier, we have developed a set of Webinar Guidelines. These Guidelines are aimed at assisting with presentations, topic selection, and communication during the Webinar and after each presentation is completed.  In addition, the guidelines will also help CLIC in the preparation, coordination and smooth execution of the webinars which should ensure a pleasant and pain-free experience for all.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to request topics from the CTSA community for our 2020 CTSA Program Webinars. Please submit your topics and suggestions that you are interested in either hearing about or something of your own you wish to share with the broader CTSA community to the CLIC Suggestion Box.  

We look forward to your ideas and suggestions! 

Deep thought: 

I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and  
the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.
-Lech Walesa

Dr. K 
Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D. 
Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation, NCATS


Competitive Revision Awards for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit competitive revision (formerly known as competitive supplement) applications from awardees with active Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program hub awards (UL1) to support the demonstration, and/or dissemination, and/or implementation of highly innovative and impactful translational science projects that address the goals of the CTSA Program and are beyond the original scope of the approved parent project.  Under this competitive revision, only applications for revisions to the UL1 award are allowed. Revisions to the linked KL2 and/or the TL1 awards are not allowed.   

Next application due date is September 25, 2019. 

For more information please follow PAR-19-337 and/or contact Dr. Pablo Cure 


NIH Repays Your Student Loans

NIH Repays Your Student Loans

Ericka Boone, Ph.D., Director, Division of Loan Repayment, NIH, provides an in-depth overview of the NIH Loan Repayment Program. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research centers. The NIH LRPs pay up to $35,000 annually of qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.  Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D, D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D. D.P.M, D.C., N.D., O.D., D.V.M, or equivalent doctoral-level degree (except for the Contraception & Infertility Research LRP). The NIH LRPs will accept applications from September 1 - November 15. 

Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 and Phase 2 Funding Opportunity Announcements

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 and for the renewal of eligible COBRE grants Phase 2 grants. The objectives of the COBRE initiatives are to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multidisciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the IDeA Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from NIH. 

Applications addressing health challenges of rural populations in IDeA states are encouraged.

For more information about these FOAs and due dates for applications please go to PAR-19-313  and PAR-19-312

Requirement for ORCID iDs for Individuals Supported by Research Training, Fellowship, Research Education, and Career Development Awards


NIH, AHRQ, and CDC announced that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020. ORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators and can be used to connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. The requirement for ORCID iDs will be implemented through the appointment process for those appointed to institutional awards and through the application process for those applying for individual awards. 

At this time, prospective applicants for individual fellowship and career development awards are encouraged to follow the ORCID link from their Personal Profiles in the eRA Commons, where they can either link their eRA profiles to existing ORCID accounts or create ORCID profiles and link them back to the eRA Commons.  Similarly, PD/PIs of institutional research training, career development and research education awards are urged to begin alerting potential appointees to do the same.

For more information please follow NOT-OD-19-109

Reminder: Common Metrics Data Submissions Due August 30

Reminder: Common Metrics Data Submissions Due August 30

The deadline for the Common Metrics data submission is August 30, 2019. Currently, less than half of hubs have entered their 2018 values into Scorecard.

Before the deadline, please ensure that your Scorecard data:

  • Includes values for 2018 – the date entered in Scorecard should be 2018 please do not enter 2019 as the year.
  • Includes TTC plans for each metric (IRB, Pilot Funding Publications, Careers in Clinical and Translational Research and Informatics) as indicated in the Reporting Guidance.

Additional tools, such as the Checklist and the Step-by-Step Scorecard Guide are available on the CLIC website. Please contact with any questions.

Secure Your Hub’s Spot at the CTSA Program Meeting Poster Session!

Secure Your Hub’s Spot at the CTSA Program Meeting Poster Session!

If you are planning to submit a poster, please login and complete this brief form now to confirm your spot! Only preliminary details are required upon submission. The deadline to submit is August 23, 2019.

This year’s Fall CTSA Program Meeting will kick off with a Networking & Poster Session on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The posters will remain available for viewing throughout the Fall CTSA Program Meeting on Friday, Sept. 27.


  • Theme: CTSA Program Optional Cores
  • Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City
  • One poster per CTSA Program hub or coordinating center (max size 44"h x 90"w)
  • Describe up to two optional cores, highlighting vision/successes
  • Electronic versions of the abstract and poster will be available for viewing
  • If a hub has two optional cores it is encouraged that both are presented in a single poster

Final poster details including abstract & PNG of poster must be uploaded to website by Monday, September 9, 2019. Submit your poster here.

New Team Selected to Collaborate on Synergy Paper 

New Team Selected to Collaborate on Synergy Paper 

The team will be lead by Julie Elworth from University of Washington and will explore the under-utilization of CTSA Program services. Over the course of the next 18 months, the team will receive funding, project management and copy editing support from CLIC as they research and write their paper. Cross-network translational research Synergy Papers are designed to focus on substantial challenges in clinical and translational research, address gaps in research, and convene new, innovative writing teams. Synergy Paper topics are designed to be of high relevance and import to translational science, addressing specific methodological and/or content areas. 

We are currently accepting applications for Synergy Paper teams. If you are interested in applying, please click here to learn more.


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