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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions are provided here. To jump to a particular category, please select from the list below. For questions not addressed on this page, please contact the Office of Investigator Services (OIS) at your institution.

Funding

Where can I find information about pilot funding opportunities?

CTSI provides team science awards for multidisciplinary pilots expected to lead to a team-based, extramural award, such as a center grant or a program-project award, and mentored-research pilots for junior faculty. Descriptions of these opportunities can be found on our funding page. Please click the “open” and “future” tabs for information about current and upcoming opportunities.

Examples of past awards can be found by clicking the “past awardees” tab.

Where can I find information about the CTSI core voucher program?

CTSI periodically awards vouchers of up to $10K worth of services from a large selection of research and service cores at UCLA-Westwood, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Descriptions of the core voucher program can be found on our funding page. If an RFA is currently open, it can be found by clicking the “open” tab. Future RFAs can be found by clicking the “future” tab.

For information about cores that accept CTSI vouchers, please visit our core resources page. If you are interested in a particular core and don’t see it listed, please contact CTSI administrator Deborah Herman at dkherman@mednet.ucla.edu.

Grant preparation

Where can I find descriptions of CTSI resources for use in my grant application?

Descriptions of CTSI programs and resources can be found on the boilerplates page. Descriptions of UCLA schools, departments and instructions for regulatory boilerplates (data safety, data monitoring and human subjects protection) also can be found there.

How can I obtain a Letter of Support from the CTSI?

To obtain a Letter of Support, please complete the Letter of Support template. Please allow five working days for processing your request.

How can I get assistance with preparing a grant application?

CTSI Grants Submission Unit (GSU) provides hands-on assistance on a case-by-case basis. GSU information and contacts can be found on the GSU page. GSU services are offered free of charge.

Office hours are held Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am and Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Center for Health Sciences building, Room 43-367 at UCLA. Walk-ins are welcome. You can also make a 30-minute appointment with GSU by emailing GSU@mednet.ucla.edu.

The CTSI website provides grant-writing tips and samples of successful K-, R-, and U-series grants.

The CTSI maintains a library of successful award applications. To request access the CTSI library and a demonstration of how to access the library, go to the CTSI Grant Library.

CTSI programs provide specialized assistance with grant preparation. These services include help with biostatistics, regulatory requirements, biomedical informatics, community or clinical resources, and program evaluation. A complete list of CTSI consulting services can be found on our consulting services page.

Career development

Where can I find information about the KL2 Translational Science Scholars Award?

KL2 Translational Science Scholar Awards support highly qualified junior faculty to conduct mentored research. The awards provide $75,000 a year for 75% effort to pursue interdisciplinary, mentored research with training. They also provide benefits and annual amounts of up to $25,000 for research, $4,000 for tuition and career development, $2,000 for travel and $1,500 for statistical support per year. They are renewable for three years.

For additional details about the program, including past awardees, please go the KL2 Program page.

The KL2 RFA can be found on the funding page. If the RFA is currently open, it can be found by clicking the “open” tab. Future RFAs can be found by clicking the “future” tab. Please note the RFA is offered only once a year.

Where can I find information about the TL1 Summer Fellowship program for professional students?

The TL1 Summer Fellowships provide training for dental, medical, nursing students in translational research. Predoctoral stipends are uniformly set for all trainees by the National Institute of Health. Currently, the summer stipend is $3,896 for the two-month summer program trainees. Trainees also are eligible to receive up to $700 for research project expenses.

For additional details about the program, including past awardees, please go to the TL1 Program page.

The TL1 Summer Fellowship RFA can be found on the funding page. If the RFA is currently open, it can be found by clicking the “open” tab. Future RFAs can be found by clicking the “future” tab. Please note the RFA is offered only once a year, typically in the February–March timeframe.

Where can I find information about eligibility for the CTSI Training Program in Translational Science?

The CTSI Training Program in Translational Science provides courses that can be taken individually, or for a certificate, or for a master’s degree in clinical research. Information about the program, along with a course catalog, can be found on the Training Program in Translational Science page.

Tools and resources

Where can I find a list of all the resources and services of CTSI?

CTSI provides support for every stage of research—from proposal development to study close-out. There are several ways to find the services you need.

  • Our Researcher Resources portal organizes services and resources for each stage of research: proposal development, study set-up in the pre-award period, conducting a study in the post-award period, and study close-out.
  • A complete list of CTSI consulting services can be found on the consulting services page.
  • A complete list of research cores that accept CTSI vouchers can be found on the research cores page.
  • For information about the Clinical and Translational Research Centers (CTRCs, formerly the GCRCs) and clinical laboratory services, go to the Clinical and Translational Research Centers portal.
  • Information about CTSI organization and programs can be found by going to the About portal.

If you cannot find information about specific services or resources, please contact the site representative at your institution. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

When are drop-in biostatistical consultations offered?

The biostatistical program offers drop-in consultations at UCLA and LA BioMed.

Drop-in Consulting

  • UCLA
    • 12-1 PM every Wednesday in room 16-111 CHS (in corridor 6 near the cafeteria)
    • 3 - 5 PM every Friday in 911 Broxton building, 3rd floor
    • No appointment necessary for drop-in consults, see flier for all services

Other Consulting Locations - appointments preferred


Questions about this service can be directed to domstat@mednet.ucla.edu.

How can I access videotaped seminars and presentations?

CTSI archives a number of popular workshops, trainings, and seminars on this site.

How can I get assistance with REDCap?

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, Web-based tool for designing surveys and capturing data. For information or to access the software, use the contacts below:

How can I identify collaborators?

The CTSI faculty directory can be searched by keyword. Please go to the directory search page and follow the instructions there.

Research facilitator contacts

General Questions

Contact your site representative with general questions.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Debby Peterson (310) 423-8969
debby.peterson@cshs.org


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences
Research Facilitator
ctsiresearchcoordinator@cdrewu.edu

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Raquel Gutierrez (310) 222-2503      
gutierrez@labiomed.org

University of California, Los Angeles
Deborah Herman (310) 794-5263
dkherman@mednet.ucla.edu