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I submitted a pilot grant application—now what?
Pilot Grants, Researchers

All submitted applications are preliminarily reviewed by the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTCS) Coordinator. Any concerns/issues that arise outside of the standard submission criteria are quickly identified and reported to Dr. Mellman, HU-PI GHUCCTS Director, PTCS at Read More

I was awarded a Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTCS) award—what’s next?
Researchers, KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants

As a soon as official award notification is received, all applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the regulatory (IRB/IACUC) submission and approval process, which will expedite project account activation. Once regulatory documents have been submitted, please send a copy of submitted... Read More

Are there deadlines for pilot grant applications?
Researchers, KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants

All applications submitted to the GHUCCTS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTCS) Program are accepted on a rolling basis. For application questions contact Program Navigators at

For more information, please visit... Read More

What are the criteria for evaluating pilot grant applications?
KL2 Scholar, Researchers, Pilot Grants

Applications will be evaluated based on traditional criteria (e.g., significance, approach, etc.) as well as the following considerations: 1. Use of an interdisciplinary approach. Projects will be evaluated on how well it brings together investigators from basic and clinical sciences, clinical and... Read More

What resources and facilities are available for conducting a study?
Researchers, Regulatory and Ethics

The GHUCCTS team offers many resources through the programs that support our mission.  Shared Resources can be found through the Translational Technologies and Resources Program. IRB information can be found through the Regulatory Ethics Knowledge and Support Program.  If you need... Read More

A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about vaccines, new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully... Read More

How do I find a collaborator from a community-based organization?
Researchers, Community Researchers

The Community Engagement and Research (CER) component will help investigators identify a community based organization that shares similar research interest and will create and or expand bi-directional partnerships to facilitate community participation in the development and dissemination of... Read More

What are some helpful resources for learning about community-based participatory research?
Practice-Based Research Network, Researchers, Community Researchers

A commonly used definition from the W.K. Kellog Foundation describes community-based participatory research (CBPR)  as a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research... Read More

What continuing education and training programs are available?
Education, Regulatory and Ethics, Researchers

The goal of GHUCCTS is to train undergraduate, graduate, medical, allied health professionals and others with specific interests and a career focus on clinical translational sciences. Our programs provide training in mechanistic and biomedical, clinical, and community research. We offer a variety... Read More

Is there a Statistician to help with my research or my KL2 application?
Researchers, KL2 Scholar, Education

Dr. Nawar Shara (MHRI) or Dr. John Kwagyan (HU) will direct you to the appropriate resources. Read More

The Georgetown Clinical Research Unit (GU-CRU) is located on 7th floor East Wing of the Main Building, Georgetown University Hospital (GUH). This location is central to the medical center, and is convenient for investigators, clinicians, staff, patients and families. The GU-CRU is equipped to... Read More

I would like to conduct research with the Practice-Based Research Network (PBRNs). How do I get started?
Researchers, Practice-Based Research Network, Community Researchers

If you wish to conduct research within any of the Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs), you will need to complete and submit an application form along with a concept paper/proposal which will provide in-depth discussion about your topic of interest.  Click here to contact one of our... Read More

Where can I find information about GHUCCTS IRB policies and forms?
Regulatory and Ethics, Researchers

GHUCCTS is a multi-institutional consortium of medical research institutions forged from a desire to promote clinical research and translational science. The members of the GHUCCTS consortium are Georgetown University (GU), Howard University (HU), MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), Oak Ridge... Read More

Where can I find information on the GHUCCTS IRB?
Researchers, Regulatory and Ethics

The mission and goals of the IRB of GHUCCTS is to advance the application of ethical principles to the design and implementation of translational research, promote and support ethical and compliant research through personal and electronic support systems, encourage and assist institutional... Read More

The Howard Clinical Research Unit (HU-CRU) provides outpatient and inpatient clinical research support to both pediatric and adult research subjects.  They are located on 4 West at the 4th Floor of the Main Hospital Building. Read More

Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the doctors and nurses... Read More

What is an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Pilot Project (ICPP)?
Pilot Grants, Researchers

ICPPs represent a fundamental investment of GHUCCTS resources into a targeted direction of clinical translational research. Projects may originate from an individual investigator or from groups of investigators, and will be extensively vetted within the GHUCCTS Steering Committee for relevance to... Read More

What is an Investigator Initiated Pilot Project (IIPP)?
Pilot Grants, Researchers

This mechanism may be utilized by individual investigators who are establishing new directions for their research, including laboratory scientists aspiring to move their research findings into clinical applications. IIPPs selected for funding after internal GHUCCTS review will be awarded up to... Read More

I received a notification letter with the recommendation to make some minor adjustments for re-consideration --- how much time do I have to re-submit my pilot grant application for re-review?
Researchers, KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants

Applicants that receive favorable feedback (e.g. ‘strong scientific merit but minor revisions needed….’) from the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTCS) Review Committee are strongly encouraged to re-submit their revised application within 3 weeks from initial notification. Read More

What facilities are available on the MedStar Health Research Institute Clinical Research Unit (CRU)?
KL2 Scholar, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Researchers, Community Researchers, Pilot Grants, Practice-Based Research Network, Clinical Trial Participants

The MedStar Health Research Institute Clinical Research Unit (MHRI-CRU) provides several resources that include facilities, laboratory services and equipment to investigators. Click here to see the available resources.  Read More

Who should I contact with additional questions?
KL2 Scholar, Researchers, Community Researchers, Education

For MSCTR program specific questions, please contact Cyndi Campbell, Education Director contact information.

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Can you help me recruit research participants/subjects for my study?
Community Researchers, Clinical Trial Participants, Researchers

While the CER does not provide staff to conduct recruitment activities, we can help investigators develop recruitment and retention plans.&spamp;nbsp; CER uses a comprehensive approach that begins during the study development phase and continues through to dissemination of findings to... Read More

What other resources are associated with Participant and Clinical Interactions Resources (PCIR) ?
Researchers, Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

Biomedical Informatics (BI) develops and supports the IT infrastructure and communication tools for researchers and administrators. Community Engagement and Research (CER) engages community to increase representation of diverse communities in research. Design, Biostatistics, and Population... Read More

What is the GHUCCTS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTCS) Program?
Pilot Grants, Researchers

The mission of GHUCCTS and the national Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) programs includes promotion of interdisciplinary research that will translate basic findings into clinical applications and clinical research findings into community use in order to improve human health. The Pilot... Read More

What are the requirements for submitting an application for a pilot grant?
Pilot Grants, KL2 Scholar, Researchers

Application requirements include: 1.  limit of seven (7) pages (single spaced, 11-point font, 0.5-inch margins) for description of Aims, Background and Significance, Supporting Preliminary Studies, Design and Methods, and Human Subjects considerations 2. Current NIH biographic sketch for each... Read More

How do I get my protocol approved by the SEPCOM so it can be activated on any or all of the CRUs?
Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Researchers, KL2 Scholar, Community Researchers, Pilot Grants

In order to submit a protocol to the Scientific Evaluation and Prioritization Committee (SEPCOM) for approval and subsequent initiation on one of our Clinical Research Units (CRU), the SEPCOM application form must be completed and submitted to the GU... Read More

What is a Research Participant Advocate?
Clinical Trial Participants, Researchers, Regulatory and Ethics

The Research Participants Advocate---Resource for Investigators and Study Coordinators

Help investigators and study coordinators comply with the ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements related to the engagement and protection of study participants. Areas of... Read More

What are my rights as a research subject/participant?
Community, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Clinical Trial Participants, Researchers, Regulatory and Ethics

Please click on the Rights & Responsibilities for a list.  Read More

Our research subject advocates help ensure the rights, safety, and well-being of participants in GHUCCTS-supported research studies. Research subject advocates enhance the standard protections available for participants in clinical research through advocacy for study participants, through... Read More

A CTSA Navigator is available at Howard University and an Outreach Program Coordinator is available at Georgetown University to&spamp;nbsp;assist&spamp;nbsp;Investigators in discovering the available resources under GHUCCTS.&spamp;nbsp;

&spamp;nbsp;For more information regarding our... Read More

The Scientific Evaluation and Prioritization Committee (SEPCOM) is the governing committee of the Clinical Research Units (CRU). Committee members are recommended by the CRU Program Directors of respective institutions within GHUCCTS and appointed by the Principal Investigators of the CTSA grant,... Read More

This is my first time submitting a research application—are there any special requirements for novice investigators?
Researchers, Pilot Grants, KL2 Scholar

Individuals whose rank is not above assistant professor and who have never had formal research training or funding for research projects are required to submit a pre-application consisting of a document of no more than two pages that identifies: 1) the problem that they wish to address in... Read More

I did not receive a favorable review of my pilot grant application—should I try to revise &spamp; re-submit anyway?
Pilot Grants, Researchers, KL2 Scholar

Applicants will receive clear, constructive feedback from the review committee to guide whether re-submission is advantageous or deemed appropriate. The notification letter and critiques should be utilized as an important tool in the revision process. Read More

Who reviews the applications?
Researchers, Pilot Grants, KL2 Scholar

Applications are reviewed and assigned to at least 2 individual reviewers with relevant expertise and then discussed by the executive leadership of the partnership between Georgetown and Howard Universities, and the three affiliated hospital systems and research institutes: MedStar Health Research... Read More