Call for Proposals: SOM/NC TraCS Translational Team Science Awards

As part of its strategic plan, the School of Medicine has partnered with NC TraCS to support the development of new synergistic interdisciplinary teams of basic science and clinical investigators at UNC.

Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA)

The School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan includes an annual award jointly administered by the Office of Research and NC TraCS—the Translational Team Science Award (TTSA).  This award is aimed at capitalizing on the “culture of collaboration” at UNC-Chapel Hill to foster new synergistic interdisciplinary teams of basic science and clinical investigators. “Translational” is defined broadly and is not restricted to human subjects and tissues.  Proposals may include research using cellular and animal model systems; however the project should clearly translate across basic and clinical disciplines.

There are multiple stages of TTSA applications and awards described in detail in the RFP which can be found on the Office of Research website.  One-page concept papers outlining the project and the new interdisciplinary team are due Dec. 8, 2014. Selected teams will be invited to submit a Phase I Feasibility proposal for review.  If awarded, TTSA Phase I Feasibility grants will provide a 6-month period to begin to fully engage team members in the development of a competitive continuation proposal for TTSA Phase II (2 years).  Advancement to the next award stage is contingent on the merit of the proposed plan and progress in the prior period.  The intent of these awards is to provide the planning time and initial funds for support of early stage de novo research teams that would otherwise not be possible.  TTSA support research should lead to submission of novel interdisciplinary program project grants and multiple PI R01s by UNC SOM investigators.

Since the inaugural cycle of the TTSA in October 2013, 13 teams have been selected for funding.  A summary of these awards can be found on the Office of Research website.

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