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Is the KL2 award transferrable to another institution?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Unfortunately not, KL2 awards are linked to funding institutions and are not transferrable. Read More

What kind of services can the Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) component provide?
Researchers, Pilot Grants, KL2 Scholar, Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

The TTR is composed of multiple core laboratories at Georgetown University, Howard University, Medstar, the Veterans Administration, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory that offer an extraordinarily wide range of expertise.  For more detailed information click here. Read More

When is the application deadline for the 2013 SOAR program?

The 2013 application deadline for the SOAR program is January 31, 2013. Read More

Where do I go to find out more information on the program?

Begin with our MS program page.  This will provide you with the best initial overview of the program, as well as information on program requirements, courses, and faculty. 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... Read More

Is the GRE required?

At this time, the GRE is not required, but recommended. Read More

How many KL2 Scholars are appointed each year?
Education, KL2 Scholar

We expect to appoint at least two KL2 Scholars each year;  appointments are based upon funding availability and will be reviewed each year. Read More

Can candidates applying for a GHUCCTS KL2 appointment also apply for additional mentored K awards (i.e., K08 or K23)?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Appointed KL2 scholars (those awarded KL2 funding) may subsequently apply for K08, K01, or K23 support. If they are successful, they then move from one mechanism to the other.  In conversations with NCRR program officials they have made it clear that the goal is to have KL2 awardees... Read More

Do I need to include an NIH biosketch in my KL2 Application Packet for each mentor?     
Education, KL2 Scholar

Yes. You must use the current version of an NIH Biosketch for each mentor;  it must be in the new NIH format which includes a narrative section. You can find the latest version of the NIH biosketch at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketch.pdf. 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 the GHUCCTS- Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program (GHUCCTS-PCSP)?
Researchers, Pilot Grants

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.  ... Read More

Where do I send the completed KL2 Scholar application?   
Education, KL2 Scholar

All applications must be sent in&spamp;nbsp;PDF file format to Cyndi Campbell, Education Manager for GHUCCTS at the email listed below:

Email: narcissc@georgetown.edu

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What are the program dates for SOAR?

The 2013 program dates for SOAR are:  June 2, 2013 - August 3, 2013 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

What opportunities are available through the SOAR program?

SOAR offers each student : Room and board on Howard University campus Mentored research projects Up to $3,000 Stipend Trips to unique research facilities Read More

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

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

If you have a funded KL2 award, would it beneficial or detrimental to apply for another K award?
Education, KL2 Scholar

It is strongly advised that you continue with your  KL2 award; this helps in submitting a more competitive application which can lead to independent funding. Read More

How many credits are required to complete the program?

A total of 33 academic credits are required to successfully complete the program. Read More

Who is eligible to use the GHUCCTS Shared Resource facilities?
Researchers, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants

Subsidized rates for Translational Technology Resources (TTR) services are available for research performed by GHUCCTS PIs (CTSA awardees), SEPCOM-approved protocols; and for GHUCCTS trainees and young investigators (e.g., K12 Scholars, K23 awardees, and MS degree candidates). 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

Do I get charged for the services or facilities provided by participating Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) core labs?
Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Pilot Grants, KL2 Scholar, Researchers

In most cases there is an established fee-for-service structure.&spamp;nbsp; You should contact the Project Navigators at corelabs@ghuccts.org for further details.&spamp;nbsp; For a listing of TTR-participating laboratories and pricing click 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

Should my letters of recommendation for SOAR be written by Science professors only?

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How long does it take to complete the program?

The MS CTR is a three-term program (Fall-Spring-Summer); we anticipate that students will complete the program within a year. 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

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

What are the eligibility requirements for KL2 program?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Below are the eligibility requirement for KL2 Scholars: Junior Faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor Level). US citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals, or Permanent Residents. Must have a Georgetown or Howard University faculty appointment as well as a primary appointment at Georgetown,... 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. For more information regarding the Howard CRU, click here. Read More

Who should provide the letters of support for the KL2 Scholars application?
Education, KL2 Scholar

The KL2 program requires three (3) letters of support: Department Chair Letter - A detailed letter from the Chair or Division Chief (co-signed by any other relevant responsible official) endorsing and appraising the applicant and the application as well as outlining the department's plan for, and... 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

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

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

I still have question, who should I contact?

For specific program questions, please contact:
Cyndi Campbell
Program Manager
Tel: (202) 444-1210
Email: education@ghuccts.org Read More

How many years of funding is provided by the Kl2 Scholars Program?
KL2 Scholar, Education

The KL2 program provides up to three years of funding.  However, funding for each year is contingent upon satisfactory progress and submission of required progress reports.  Every KL2 scholar will be expected to be working toward submission of a meritorious NIH/AHRQ career... Read More

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

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 and Collaborative Studies (PCSP) Review Committee are strongly encouraged to re-submit their revised application within 3 weeks from initial notification. Read More

What questions should I ask before I agree to participate in research
Regulatory and Ethics, Clinical Trial Participants, Community

We provide a information for participants on what questions to ask and what our advocates can do for you. For more information, please see the Participant Advocate Program brochure. Read More

I do not have my faculty appointment yet, is it required?
KL2 Scholar, Education

A faculty appointment is required.  All candidates must have a Georgetown or Howard University faculty appointment as well as a primary appointment at Georgetown, Howard, or a MedStar institution, or written commitment for one at the time of award activation. Read More

What is a research participant?
Community, Clinical Trial Participants

A research participant is someone who participates in a research study. Research involving human participants (often referred to as 'subjects') may take place in many places in and around the community. The majority of GHUCCTS-related research will take place in the Washington, DC metro area at... Read More

Is there a citizenship requirement for KL2 application?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Yes.  Only U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence who possesses an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551), or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident prior to appointment, are eligible to become... Read More

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

All applications submitted to the GHUCCTS Pilot and Collaborative Studies (PCSP) Program are accepted on a rolling basis.&spamp;nbsp; For application questions contact Program Navigators at navigators@ghuccts.org.&spamp;nbsp;&spamp;nbsp; Read More

Do you have to provide evidence of productivity in the field in which you are writing your K award?
Education, KL2 Scholar

It will significantly strengthen your application, but this is not a requirement. Read More

What is the start date for the KL2 program?
KL2 Scholar, Education

KL2 Scholars will be appointed  by July 15, 2011. 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

Is it required that all mentors for the KL2 program be a member of a GHUCCTS institution?
KL2 Scholar, Education

No;  all mentors are not required to be from a GHUCCTS institution,  but they must meet  the mentor qualifications; and at least one member of your mentorship team should be from a GHUCCTS institution.   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

I am an investigator in a clinical/translational study and have collected a significant number of samples, including tissue, blood, serum etc. I would like to get some preliminary results in order to include them in a future grant application, but I do not currently have a budget to fund this effort. Can Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) core labs help us achieve this goal?
Researchers, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants

The GHUCCTS and TTR have funding mechanisms for pilot research. Consider submitting an application for funding via the GHUCCTS or TTR by contacting the TTR Project Navigators at corelabs@ghuccts.org. 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

If I am granted the KL2 award, will there be any other required documents to complete my application?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Within 30 days after your initial notification that you have been awarded the KL2 award, the following documents must be submitted.  Funding is contingent on submission of these documentations and failure to do so will delay your funding. KL2 Enrollment Contract/Letter signed Proof of... 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

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. 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

How do I report my GRE or TOEFL (international students only) scores?

You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE or TOEFL scores to Georgetown University. To request scores, use the Georgetown Institution code, which is 5244. It is not necessary to specify any other departmental code. We are not able to accept copies or unofficial score... Read More

I was awarded a Pilot and Collaborative Studies (PCSP) 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 documents... Read More

When do I need to declare my area of concentration for the MSCTR program?

MSCTR students should declare area of concentration by the end for the fall term. For advising please contact Dr. Jason Umans, at education@ghuccts.org to set up an appointment.

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When is the deadline for the KL2 final application?
Education, KL2 Scholar

The 2011 KL2 final application was on May 16th, 2011 by 5:00pm. Read More

What are the application requirements for SOAR?

Each student must complete the application online; submit official transcript (s) from all undergraduate institution; and two (2) letters of recommendation Read More

Is there a page limit for the KL2 Scholar pre-application?
KL2 Scholar, Education

Yes; the KL2 pre-application should be no more than four pages including  the letter on intent. Read More

Could the lead mentor or co-mentor of a KL2 Scholar applicant also be the Department Chair or Division Chief?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Yes;  mentors or co-mentor may also be the Department Chair or Division Chief but they must meet the mentor qualifications which includes a record of funded research and successful mentoring.   Read More

How much homework can I expect?

Based on program surveys, on average, the program requires approximately 12-20 hours per week in addition to class time. 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

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

How much does it cost to use GHUCCTS Shared Resource facilities?
KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants, Researchers, Clinical Research Unit (CRU)

It varies. The Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) core lab fees almost invariably offer rates that are comparatively lower to services rendered by extra-mural facilities. Do not rule out the use of a shared resource based on fees. Depending on the intrinsic nature of specific core labs,... Read More

What if you already have a MPH? Is a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research required?
KL2 Scholar, Education

No. But as you build your education training program you are encouraged to take advantage of the course work that is provided to address additional competencies and skills in Clinical and Translational Research that you will need. 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

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

How do I obtain permission to take a class?

Some of the MSCTR courses are shared with programs. All MSCTR classes require prior permission from the program director.&spamp;nbsp;

How do I apply for the MSCTR program

·         The deadline for Fall 2012 applications is July 27, 2012 – Online application o   Create your applicant account if you are new to the online application and do not already have a User Name.  If you already have a User... Read More

Where should I send my transcripts and any hard copy materials?

Office of Biomedical Graduate Education Georgetown University Attn: Credentials – Clinical and Translational Research 3900 Reservoir Road, NW Med-Dent NE 303 Washington, DC 20057-1411 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

When will I receive notification regarding my KL2 application?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Applicants will be notified by mid June. 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 are the review criteria for the KL2 Scholar application?
KL2 Scholar, Education

Standard NIH review criteria will be applied to include: Demonstrated commitment to clinical and translational research and potential for a productive and independent research career with independent funding following KL2 support Quality of the application (impact), and likelihood of... Read More

Can a candidate who has submitted K23 application but has not received a score or has been informed that he or she has an unfundable score apply for a KL2 appointment?
Education, KL2 Scholar

This maybe possible, but only if the NIH K23 application (or equivalent) is either not yet under review or can be withdrawn.  However, it is not possible to have 2 K applications (e.g. KL2 and K23) under simultaneous review.  If you have further questions, please consult with... 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

What is the total number of years one qualfies for funding from K Awards?
KL2 Scholar, Education

Typically, not more than 6 years.  Therefore, if three years of KL2 funding are received, an NIH K would typically be for another three years.  In exceptional instances, a longer period of total funding may be available. Read More

When will the KL2 application review committee provide feedback to the pre-applications?
Education, KL2 Scholar

The applicants were sent feedback regarding their KL2 program pre-application on April 15th, 2011. Read More

What are the qualifications for KL2 Scholar Mentor?
KL2 Scholar, Education

Below are the qualifications for a KL2 Scholar Mentors: Mentors must interact closely with the scholar, and should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed career development program. Mentors must be committed to continue their involvement throughout the total... Read More

What areas of concentration are available through the MSCTR program?

Mechanistic and Biomedical Research:       This area of concentration appropriate for trainees interested in how discoveries and findings from basic research can be turned into studies of human subjects Clinical Trials and Research:       This... Read More

What is the cost of tuition for the MSCTR program?

Tuition information and financial resources can be found on the website of Office of Student and Financial Services  http://finaid.georgetown.edu/cost-of-attendance/graduate/ Read More

The award program starts soon but I am committed to 75% clinical work already, how is that going to work?
KL2 Scholar, Education

You must have a firm and convincing written commitment for release of 75% of your time from your Department Chair and Division Chief.  You would need to decrease your total clinical, teaching, and administrative commitments to 25% of total effort. 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

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

Can a KL2 scholar accept a small grant award?
Education, KL2 Scholar

Yes. KL2 scholars may be named PIs on a competing NIH research grant application (R01, R03, R15, R21, R34, or equivalent application from another federal agency) or a sub-project director on a competing multi-component research or center grant or cooperative agreement application (P01, P50, U01,... 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

Who can we contact for additional questions or information about the KL2 program?
KL2 Scholar, Education

You can contact the Education Manager, Cyndi Campbell by phone at 202-444-1210 or via email at narcissc@georgetown.edu. Read More

Can I use my employee tuition benefits with this program?

You should contact your institution’s benefits office for details.  ·         For Georgetown University http://benefits.georgetown.edu/tap/ ·         Georgetown University Hospital... Read More

What type of consultative support do the Translational Technologies and Resources (TTR) navigators offer?
Clinical Research Unit (CRU), KL2 Scholar, Pilot Grants, Researchers

No question or request for advice is too complex or too simple for the GHUCCTS TTR navigators. The main goal of this team is to help advance your research through the efficient use of the TTR services. The navigators have the required expertise and training to guide you in many ways: enhance... Read More

When is the MSCTR orientation session?

The MSCTR student orientation is Tuesday, August 28, 2012. 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 are the types Pilot Study awards?
Pilot Grants, Researchers

There are two primary types of Pilot awards:     Investigator-Initiated Pilot Project (IIPP)     Interdisciplinary Collaborative Pilot Project (ICPP). Read More

Is there a part-time option available?

At this time, our curriculum does not offer a part-time option. Read More

If I am a mid-career person and I want to move into a different area, is this the appropriate mechanism for me to do that?
Education, KL2 Scholar

The KL2 is designed to be an internally awarded mentored career development award that parallels the NIH K series career development awards. Therefore, it is not appropriate for a mid-career faculty member who has already been PI of an NIH award in a K or R series and it is unlikely that mid-career... Read More