The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) partnership between Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, and Inova Health System is now accepting applications for the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program, as well as the Community Organization and Research Institution Partnership Program. Applications for both programs are due by Aug. 30.

Locally, the CTSA partners administer the grants through the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV).

Pilot Grants

The Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program is designed to help researchers transition from early-stage seed grants and proof-of-concept studies to translational research and clinical applications. Successful applicants will receive funding for one year starting in February 2022.

Single-institution teams may request up to $25,000 in direct costs, and multi-institution teams may request up to $50,000 in direct costs. Researchers are strongly encouraged to register and attend a virtual information session July 6 at 4 p.m. Translational or clinical projects that involve data science or innovative analytical approaches and involve multi-institution research collaborations are encouraged.

Earlier this year, iTHRIV awarded pilot funding to multi-institutional teams of scientists, physicians, and engineers to explore a new therapy for Parkinson’s disease, approaches to pediatric telemedicine and pediatric heart transplants, epilepsy monitoring, and using machine learning to identify genetic markers of celiac disease.

Community Seed Grants

Community organizations in Virginia are also invited to partner with researchers from Virginia Tech, UVA, Inova, or Carilion to conduct research that addresses community health priorities. Applicants may request funding up to $40,000. Applicants are required to attend a pre-proposal virtual information session. They will be held at 10 a.m. on July 7 and Aug. 4.

iTHRIV awarded two community-focused research grants in 2021. The research teams are studying ways to improve access to Medicaid for noncitizen children, and the benefits of greenspace activities for seniors.

iTHRIV combines the expertise of biomedical researchers and data scientists to create resources for using data to improve health across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The institute is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, through award number UL1TR003015.