October 2021

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December 2021

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October 2021

NCATS Online Course in Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Oct. 25–Dec. 10

Enhance your translational science skills this fall with a seven-week online course, MEDI 502: Translational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic — Accelerating and Enhancing Our Response Across Preclinical, Clinical and Population Health Research.

This class is open to the public and is being offered by NCATS’ Education Branch in partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES).

Registration for the course is open. Please note that if you do not already have an FAES account, you will be required to create one before you can complete the course registration. You will experience a short wait time after submitting the form while FAES reviews the information submitted for account registration. After this review, your account will be activated and you will receive an email with the subject “Welcome to FAES.” You then will be able to register for MEDI 502.


The course describes in detail a range of recent and ongoing research activities — from preclinical to clinical to population health — that were led or supported by NCATS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this lens, the course teaches students effective approaches and strategies in translational science that have been key to the success of these efforts and are generalizable to other translational research activities.

Students will learn about the myriad ways NCATS is contributing to research to address the COVID-19 pandemic and will leave the course equipped with a set of wide-ranging translational science strategies they can apply in their future work in translational research.

Time Requirement

This one-credit course requires a time commitment of about one hour per week to listen to course lectures and additional time to complete course readings and other short assignments.

Course Goals

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify key translational science challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify effective translational science approaches NCATS has utilized to address multiple aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that span preclinical, clinical and public health translational research.
  • Explain how the translational science approaches NCATS utilized in the context of a variety of projects related to COVID-19 could be applied broadly to research focused on other diseases and conditions.
  • Reflect on the translational science principles highlighted throughout the course and how these relate to one’s own (current or future) work and career sector.
  • Learn about the partnerships and collaborations needed to advance translational research, as well as legal approaches that help establish effective partnerships.

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November 2021

Fall 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

Nov. 1–4

The NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is a four-day seminar designed to demystify the NIH grant application, review, award and post-award processes and policies. The event will include live and on-demand sessions about NIH grant programs, chat and network opportunities with NIH and HHS experts, and downloadable resources from over 45 booths, including from NCATS.

NCATS’ booth will include resources about the Center, funding and collaboration opportunities, information about our Challenges program, and more. Visit the booth during the event to learn more and chat with NCATS program staff.


Assay Guidance Workshop for Cell-Based Assays and Lead Discovery

Nov. 16–17

Day 1: 12:30 – 5 p.m. EST
Day 2: 1 – 5:15 p.m. EST

NCATS’ Assay Guidance Manual (AGM) program is hosting a two-day virtual workshop to train scientists on the fundamentals and applications of image-based and 3-D cellular assay technologies and engage in a dialogue with those curious to understand it on a deeper level. The workshop will cover a broad range of critical concepts underlying high-content screening and analysis and complex in vitro models in drug discovery. This workshop will enable participants to discuss challenges and standards for rigor to enable reproducible results; it also will provide a future perspective on the utility of complex cellular models in drug discovery.

Agenda and Registration

December 2021

NCATS at 10: Improving Health for All Through Translational Science

Dec. 7

12:30–5 p.m. EST

NCATS is hosting a virtual 10-year anniversary event to highlight how the Center’s innovative and team-science approach addresses unmet needs. Featured topics will spotlight the transformational power of data, novel approaches for de-risking a drug’s journey along the preclinical pathway, crosscutting solutions for many diseases, and high-impact innovations in clinical research. Speakers will provide perspective on remaining roadblocks and new opportunities through conversations and lightning round talks.

Additional details about this event will be posted to this page as they become available.

January 2022

NCATS Advisory Council Meeting

Jan. 20–21

The NCATS Advisory Council will convene a virtual meeting on Jan. 20–21, 2022. The meeting will feature presentations from NCATS Acting Director Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., and others about the Center’s initiatives, policies, programs and future direction.

For more information about the Advisory Council, visit the NCATS Advisory Council page of this site.