CCTS Grant Programs


CCTS grants are designed to provide funding for trainees, new investigators, and other researchers that will increase the competitiveness of extramural proposals and increase the number of investigators motivated to conduct clinical and translational research.

CCTS grant funding metrics

      The goals of the CCTS grants are:

      • To foster outstanding new clinical and translational research at UIC by supporting the development of preliminary data that can be used to launch new NIH or other externally-funded research proposals;
      • To encourage interdisciplinary teams of investigators to develop collaborations or new research avenues;
      • To promote interactions between basic and clinical scientists; and
      • To support research collaborations with community partners and organizations.

      Over the last five years, CCTS grants have established new collaborations, including:

      • Bringing together investigators in engineering, medicine, psychology, and communications to launch an innovative mobile health technology to improve asthma medication adherence among African-American adolescents. 
      • Creating a multidisciplinary team from endocrinology, kinesiology, and nutrition to investigate insulin resistance in type-2 diabetes. 
      • Facilitating community-based collaborations, such as linking the City Colleges of Chicago with investigators from Public Health, Medical Education, and Obstetrics and Gynecology to develop contextual approaches to prevent unintended pregnancies.