The CTSI Integrating Special Populations Program (ISP) increases the quantity and quality of research in children, older adults, and populations affected by health disparities at the UCLA CTSI partner institutions: UCLA Westwood, Lundqusit/Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, and Charles R. Drew University. Below are a list of ISP services or view the ISP flyer.

Postdoctoral researchers and faculty at any level doing research relevant to special populations (i.e., children, older adults, health disparities) are encouraged to utilize the following free ISP consultation services.

Services are provided as a CTSI & UCLA Anesthesia Perioperative Center of Excellence (COE) Collaboration


Internal Pre-Submission Grant Reviews

Approximately 4-6 weeks before submission deadlines, our experienced faculty offer: 

  • Independent review of PCORI, NIH U01, K- or R-level grant proposals
  • In-person feedback in a mock study section
  • Written and oral critiques plus suggestions for improving the grant
  • See FAQs on grant review services

Career Consultations

An interdisciplinary team of senior faculty members provide one-time, or ongoing career advice. Interested faculty submit a CV and responses to key questions about their career trajectories. Discussion items can include:

  • Potential sources of funding 
  • Collaboration opportunities 
  • Suggestions for research content direction
  • Support with promotion
  • Career transitions
  • Strategies for achieving academic success
  • Consultations are especially useful to faculty at a career crossroads, e.g., near the end of a funding cycle, deciding between different employment opportunities. 

Project-Specific Consultations

Senior faculty provide concrete, one-time project-specific advice to:

  • Conceptualize projects
  • Identify key collaborations
  • Identify potential grant sources
  • Problem-solve
  • Manuscript development
  • Get advice on tasks such as grant-writing, IRB submissions, hiring staff, and study recruitment 


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Nathalie Vizueta, Ph.D.
Program Manager
(310) 794-2744