What We Can Do for You

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

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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

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

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

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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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

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;

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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