Applications Invited for Inter-Institutional Research Pilot Awards, Due Sept. 1

The Western States Consortium, which includes the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) and three other institutions, is inviting pilot award applications for collaborative studies among the institutions.

In addition to TRI, the consortium members are the University of New Mexico, Kansas University Medical Center, and the University of Utah, all recipients of Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

The purpose of the pilot awards is to promote inter‐institutional collaboration across the CTSA consortium by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more of these CTSA institutions. Awards of up to $25,000 will be provided by each participating institution. The total funding available for a particular collaborative project will depend on the number of participating institutions and the level of funding that each institution devotes to the program.

The application deadline is 5 p.m., Sept. 1, 2015. Read the Request for Applications (RFA) document. Send completed applications via e‐mail in one PDF file to Kelly Bulloch at kwbulloch@uams.edu. Questions may also be directed to her email.

The 2015 inter-institutional RFA is the third funding opportunity by the Western States Consortium.

“This is a great opportunity for UAMS faculty to showcase their collaborative spirit with three of our sister CTSAs,” TRI Director Laura James, M.D., said.

Applications are being solicited from all faculty members—senior as well as junior investigators—for pilot projects that will exemplify the CTSA mission of developing clinical and translational research, to promote and support the “bench to bedside to community and practice and back” goal of the NIH.