Translational Pilot Program 

Service Package Grants now available

The UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) is pleased to make available Service Package Grants for various resources from its Translational Pilot Program and throughout the UT Southwestern campus. This program is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CTSA grant number UL1TR001105. For information on the Service Package grants refer to the Request for Proposal.

The goal of the Translational Pilot Program is to promote and support the development and testing of new research ideas and novel translational ideas of young investigators. The Program will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and assess the feasibility of new approaches to translational research that will lead to extramural funding.

Trainees and junior faculty at UT Southwestern and investigators at the Center for Translational Medicine’s Council of Partners will have access to funds as they take their first steps in the design and execution of clinical and translational studies. The focus will be on establishing research teams to test new ideas that have promise in alleviating human disease and on using this mechanism to promote collaborative research initiatives across disciplines and institutions. Funding is not limited to junior investigators, but more senior applicants should be prepared to show a significant departure from their usual area of research.

Funds can best be used in any of the Research Resources and Core Facilities on the UT Southwestern campus. The awards may support translational research that combines basic biomedical and clinical science as long as there is a direct connection to human biology or disease. For instance, applications that analyze the behavior of human cells in vitro or in experimental animals are acceptable as long as the question being asked has direct relevance to human illness. Proposals to use human tissue only to elucidate basic biological mechanisms, on the other hand, will not be considered.

By encouraging potential and budding junior investigators and exposing these investigators to a review process similar to the process they would encounter when applying for extramural funding, the Translational Pilot Program will address the needs of underserved and under-represented researchers and fields of study as much as possible.

For more information, contact Sarah Christian
Phone: 214-648-0328