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Clinical and Translational Science Awards

NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program is designed to strengthen and support the entire spectrum of translational research from scientific discovery to improved patient care. Under NCATS leadership, the program currently supports a national consortium of more than 60 medical research institutions that work together to transform this process.

CTSA support enables research teams to collaborate to tackle common problems that no one organization can overcome alone. Program goals include accelerating laboratory discoveries into new treatments for patients, training the next generation of clinical and translational researchers, and engaging communities in clinical research efforts.

About the CTSA Program

Find out more about the CTSA program, its history and currently funded institutions.

Funding Information

CTSA Program Funding Opportunity Now Available

This funding announcement includes application instructions, eligibility information and details about the evolution of the program.

Please note that NOT-TR-14-012: Notice of Change in the Application Due Date in RFA-TR-14-009 "Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54)" extends the application due date for RFA-TR-14-009 until Jan. 15, 2015, and updates the other key dates accordingly. NCATS also intends to publish two more solicitations for Trial Innovation Centers and Recruitment Innovation Centers early in 2015.

View all of NCATS’ current funding opportunities.

Training and Career Development

NCATS trains, cultivates and sustains future leaders of the biomedical research workforce through the CTSA program. Learn more about how the program is supporting a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Engaging Communities in Research

To ensure that broad and unique community health needs are addressed, research institutions must collaborate with community organizations throughout the research process. Through the CTSA program, NCATS supports a broad range of efforts that engage communities to address health concerns and encourage participation in clinical research.

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Petra Kaufmann, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Division of Clinical Innovation

CTSA Funding News

NCATS intends to publish new funding opportunities in early 2015. See the notices below for details:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results.

Current Funding Opportunity

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NCATS announced a new funding opportunity for its Clinical and Translational Science Awards program. Apply now.

CTSA Application Due Date Change

NOT-TR-14-012 extends the application due date for RFA-TR-14-009 until Jan. 15, 2015, and updates the other key dates accordingly.

Technical Webinar

NCATS held a technical assistance webinar on Sept. 17, 2014, to review RFA-TR-14-009

View the updated slides.

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Download the transcript.

Working Group Addresses IOM's CTSA Findings

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On June 25, 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released findings from its review of the CTSA program, and NCATS released a related statement from the director.

An NCATS Advisory Council Working Group issued a report in response to the IOM’s findings on May 16, 2014. For more information, contact