Translational Research Development

Translational Research Development2024-01-23T16:26:47-05:00

Translational Research Development Program

The Translational Research Development Program is one the Indiana CTSI’s most integrated programs bringing together a vast array of resources across our Indiana campuses to support competitive high quality translational research.

Why the emphasis on the translational nature of our research support?  The NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) defines translation as “the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions  that improve the health of the individuals and the public.”  The Indiana CTSI is one of the key investors committed to accelerating translational research to positively impact the health of Indiana residents and beyond.

Our Mission

Support the effective and efficient development of translational research across the state which will lead to innovative interventions that improve the lives of Indiana residents and beyond.

Our Vision

We envision every investigator has access to the resources needed to successfully develop, complete, and obtain a successful external grant submission leading to new interventions which improve human health.

Our Values

⌂ Diversity ⌂ Integration ⌂ Trust ⌂ Respect ⌂ Reciprocity ⌂ Collegiality

What We Do

We provide access to resources and expertise that will accelerate the translation of health sciences research and health care delivery into competitive external grant submissions

We do that by providing:

  • PDTs and PRMCs: These are committees of multidisciplinary researchers who assist investigators in developing ideas/hypotheses into well-designed translational research projects. The teams include expertise in protocol development; biostatistics; IRB/regulatory and nursing support; facilitation of collaboration with other investigators, access to Service Cores on the IUPUI, IU, Purdue and Notre Dame campuses, as well as pilot funding, at one meeting.
  • Interactive scientific writing Instruction and opportunities to enhance grant writing skillsets: Facilitate and mediate grant writing sessions with investigators via one-on-one or a grant writing workshop to promote ability to present the scientific information to their readers and reviewers. In addition to grant writing, once a year we offer any faculty the experience of being a reviewer in an NIH-style mock study session.  This is an opportunity to learn how to write competitive grants from the perspective of a reviewer and to learn how they will be evaluated during a real study section.
  • Resources that facilitate the careers of early stage investigators and postdoctoral fellows: We offer opportunities to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to enhance their grant writing and reviewing skills while networking with colleagues across the state of Indiana and at other CTSAs in the country.
  • Pilot funding mechanisms: We support individuals and teams in all areas of translational research in all stages of development (early stage ideas to grant resubmissions) by providing access to a broad range of internal pilot funding mechanisms.

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