On April 2, 2015, NCATS released two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Collaborative Innovation Awards (CCIA), which are designed to stimulate team-based research across the program’s network. CCIA projects are intended to foster research collaboration by encouraging teams from three or more CTSA Program hubs to work together to develop, demonstrate and disseminate innovative, experimental approaches to overcoming translational science roadblocks. In developing the FOAs, NCATS carefully considered input from the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and a report from a working group (PDF - 414KB) of the NCATS Advisory Council.
In fall 2016, NCATS funded the first set of CCIA projects. The funded projects reflect the CTSA Program goals and cover a broad spectrum of translational science, ranging from diagnostics and clinical trial design to patient-reported outcomes and community engagement.
To further support network capacity in the CTSA Program, NCATS is funding administrative supplements to allow investigators from two or more CTSA Program hubs to form collaborations within the network and/or with external partners to implement, assess, and/or disseminate discoveries in methods, approaches, education and training in clinical and translational science.