Funding: CCTS Funding

The Research Track

Stops on the Track

    Research Navigation


    Before starting and during your research, there are training requirements that must be completed. Training


    Consider funding opportunities when thinking about your research idea. UIC has many opportunities to obtain funding for your project, as well as information on external funding options. Funding


    Some argue that the most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission. Proposal Development


    Working through the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACC) helps you comply with federal regulations, state laws and University policies regarding the involvement of animals in research. Regulatory Research Requirements


    The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the business and financial operations of the University and assists units in their daily operations- including research studies. In research, OBFS is active in the Post-Award period. Common OBFS tasks include setting up anticipation and project accounts, and budgets in Banner. Award/Contract Processing & Acceptance


    UIC has specific personnel who receive, negotiate and accept industry sponsored research awards or contracts on behalf of you and the university.Industry Sponsored Research


    Award administration begins with your notification of the award and continues until the financial and technical closeout of your grant or contract is complete. Administering Research


    Assistance and guidance is available to help you operationalize and carry-out your research protocol. Conducting Research


    Numerous policies govern the management of data and records. The University offers a variety of resources to help you manage your data. Data & Records


    The University encourages your pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. Services are available to encourage that innovation, help you prepare and publish your study and/or facilitate effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and your intellectual property. Results & Dissemination


    Research responsibilities do not end when results are published. You still have financial, final progress, and invention/patent reports as well as contractual responsibilities to complete. Award Closeout Procedures

    CCTS Funding Opportunities

Consider funding opportunities as soon as you conceptualize your research idea. UIC has many internal opportunities for funding your project, as well as information on external funding options.

NIH KL2 Clinical and Translational Science (CATS) Scholars Program

The CCTS CATS Scholars Awards support the research efforts and career development of scientists dedicated to translational research. Awards will support career development for individuals in disciplines and professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, public health, and physical and occupational therapy.

The CATS Scholars Program seeks to develop well-structured and well-recognized career development pathways that lead to the exploration of new approaches in patient-oriented, epidemiological, behavioral, health services, and outcomes research.  As a CATS Scholar, individuals will be provided 75 percent release time, which will be funded by the CATS Program.  

The home department must commit themselves to this release time in writing, enabling the trainee to use the time to take relevant courses and conduct research under the CATS Scholars Program for a period of 2 years.  In addition to salary support, scholars will receive funds to support their scholarly activities each appointment year, as well as money for research related travel.

Pre-doctoral Education for Clinical and Translational Scientists (PECTS) Program

The CCTS PECTS Program is for PhD candidates in the College of Medicine who are preparing for careers as translational researchers.  PECTS fellows will become part of a clinical and translational science community through completion of a core curriculum, joint events, seminars, and workshops outside of their separate degree programs. 

PECTS trainees are provided with stipend and fee support for one calendar year. Trainees also receive two years of trainee-related expense support plus support for travel to professional meetings/conferences. PECTS trainees are expected to devote full time to their research during the period of support. 

CCTS Pilot Grants

Pilot studies are essential for enhancing the rigor of clinical translational research, improving internal and external study validity, encouraging novel research directions and collaborations, and helping prevent poorly executed or futile studies. Moreover, pilot funding can also drive innovation through a strong emphasis on novel collaborations.

The CCTS Pilot Grant Program serves a vital function in advancing translational research by funding a combinatinon of broad translational and multidiscplinary projects and targeted priority areas as identifed by the CTSA Program, such as pediatric research, community based research, health information technology, focused drug discovery, and population health.

Through the Pilot Grant Program, the CCTS seeks to promote internal and external collaborations and innovation by supporting projects that bridge disciplines across the translational spectrum and create thematic teams of researchers, positioning them for large-scale and multi-site collaborative studies.

CCTS Just-in-Time Program

The CCTS "Just in Time" Funding Program supports the success of externally-funded research grant applications addressing topics of relevance to clinical-translational science.

The “Just in Time" Funding Program is designed to increase the competitiveness of selected external grant proposals ("parent grant") by helping investigators (a) bolster preliminary data for upcoming submission of new or competing renewal grant proposals or (b) address critiques of a summary statement from a reviewed grant proposal. In an effort to improve your chances of future funding, if your proposal is currently under review by a funding agency, the CCTS will delay its review of your “Just in Time” application until you receive and submit to us the summary sheet.

UICentre Seed Funding

On an ad hoc basis, UICentre- the campus-wide drug discovery initiative at UIC- releases RFAs for new collaborations. UICentre provides seed funding, consultation, project management, and research components for collaborative small molecule drug discovery. Support varies depending on the mix of research needs for each project, ranging from $20-65k or up to $100k if internal resources are also costed.

The goal of UICentre is to add value to translational projects that provide opportunities in small molecule drug discovery. Projects can be at several stages along the continuum: Proteomic-driven target Identification using synthetic chemical probes; Hit-Finding, usually based upon high throughput screening (HTS) assay development; or Hit-to-Lead optimization. DMPK studies can also form a stand-alone component to inform proof-of-concept animal studies. Some projects may already have been reported in the form of an Invention Disclosure to the Office of Technology Management (OTM).