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CCTS Mini-Sabbaticals

The CCTS Training Academy promotes the continuous development of skills and knowledge for learners at all career stages in support of a vibrant, innovative, multidisciplinary research workforce to improve human health and health care.  In support of career development, the CCTS offers short-term "immersion" opportunities or mini-sabbaticals. (More information here...

CCTS Research Vouchers

The CCTS Research Voucher Program provides direct research support to investigators throughout the partner network and can be accessed via CCTS Research Commons. (More information here...)  

Questions? Contact the CCTS 
call: 205-934-7442 or email: ccts@uab.edu


Take a Mini-Sabbatical and Boost Your Research

Our virtual training hub includes faculty focused on research, education, training and workforce development from all Partner sites.  A new element in our collaboration is the sharing of training and research resources and experiences via mini-sabbaticals, exchanges and short-term "immersion" opportunities. Such opportunities are available at each institution within the CCTS Partner Network. The CCTS is also willing to host immersion/experiential learning at CTSA Consortium sites.

Each mini-sabbatical is designed to fulfill objectives based on the applicant's previous knowledge, experience, specific interests, and research and/or training goals. Most can be completed in less than a week. Applicants should contact the CCTS (ccts@uab.edu) to discuss site availability.

The request for applications for mini-sabbaticals is now live online. Learn more about the program by reading the request for applications
Also, browse sample projects.

  1. Describe their research as well as the contribution the mini-sabbatical is expected to make. (Please limit this description to no more than one page.)
  2. Provide a budget with justification
  3. Provide a biosketch or CV

Awards are capped at $2,000 per year, with up to $1,000 coming from the CCTS and matching funds coming from the Partner institution or, for those at the UAB Hub, a local source. Funds may be used to cover costs associated with travel and participation in the experiences.

Please plan to submit the application at least 8 weeks in advance of the desired visit time-frame.


Accelerate Discovery with CCTS Research Vouchers

The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to address disparities and diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health. The CCTS Research Voucher Program provides direct research support to investigators throughout the partner network and can be accessed via CCTS Research Commons.

Investigators may use vouchers to offset expense(s) for clinical and translational research services including clinical research nursing; biospecimen processing, analysis, and storage; study design and methodology; data management planning; informatics consults; and CCTS-related resources available at a Partner Institution.

Voucher Examples

  • Develop an IND/IDE for FDA submission
  • Analyze preliminary data
  • Assess study feasibility
  • Develop a REDCap database


CCTS Research Vouchers

This program is intended to support investigators with a full-time faculty appointment at any one of the 11 CCTS Partner Institutions. Postdocs may be eligible if a faculty appointment at a Partner institution is on the horizon, with a start date within three months of the voucher application – as part of the application, the investigator should include a letter from the Department Chair reflecting such.

Award Information

Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 (direct) in research support to facilitate the rapid and efficient implementation of a study by working closely with CCTS shared facilities using state-of-the-art methodologies. 

Allowable Expenses 

Ineligible Expenses

  • Investigator(s) salary/fringe
  • Travel expenses (for travel expenses related to Career Development activities, please see Mini-Sabbaticals)
  • Acquisition of new equipment or lab supplies
  • Reagents for experiments within an individual’s laboratory
Vouchers are not required to budget indirect costs. Vouchers are good for up to six months but must be expended before the end of the CCTS budget period (March 31st) regardless of award date.

Regulatory Approval

All lines of investigation supported by the CCTS Research Voucher Program require appropriate regulatory approvals (IRB/IACUC, as applicable) at the time of application and must be in good standing at the time of award and throughout study implementation.

Application Submission and Review

Applications must outline the experimental need, what will be enabled by the investment (e.g., manuscript, grant application, additional aims), and provide a budget with justification. 

CCTS accepts research voucher applications on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu). Applications will be reviewed by the CCTS Executive Council for scientific merit, mission alignment, appropriateness of the budget, and justification of need. Applicants will receive a decision by email. 

Questions? Please visit CCTS Research Commons to learn more about available CCTS resources and capacities across the Partner Network.

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New Companion Voucher Opportunity from UAB Dept. of Radiology!

The CCTS and its partner the UAB Dept. of Radiology are committed to advancing patient care and public health through the use of cutting-edge imaging resources in support of innovative thinking, multi-disciplinary collaboration, expertise in molecular, functional, and anatomic imaging and basic imaging sciences research.

The Radiology Imaging Development Voucher Program provides direct research support to offset expense(s) for development time* on the Highlands 3T, PET/MR, PET/CT, CT, and all Small Animal Imaging on the 9.4T, MRI, Micro PET/CT, etc. to encourage and to enhance imaging research.

* Development time is classified as scan time used to acquire preliminary data for grants, to develop MR sequences, and/or to optimize imaging protocols in preparation for a research project. Work performed through development time cannot be used in publications or for studies performed in patients or research subjects. Development time may be used to scan healthy volunteers with the appropriate regulatory approvals.

Award Information

The UAB Department of Radiology will provide up to 5 hours of development time per project at no cost to the investigator. For development time needs that exceed this preliminary commitment, investigators may apply for up to $5,000 (direct) in voucher support to refine protocols and imaging sequences (limit of 60 hours per investigator or concurrent development time allocations). 

Regulatory Approval

All lines of investigation supported by the Radiology Imaging Development Voucher Program require appropriate regulatory approvals (IRB/IACUC, as applicable) at the time of application and must be in good standing at the time of award and throughout study implementation.

Application Submission and Review

Applications must outline the experimental need, what will be enabled by the investment (e.g., grant application, additional aims) and provide a budget with justification. Investigators must discuss their idea with Dr. Andrew Smith, UAB Radiology Facilities director, associate professor, and vice chair of Clinical Research, prior to applying (via email or phone: 205-934-1354).

Applications will be reviewed by the CCTS in partnership with the Department of Radiology for scientific merit, mission alignment, appropriateness of the budget, and justification of need.

Radiology Imaging Development Voucher requests are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted as a single PDF to CCTS Research Commons (ccts@uab.edu). We recommend using Chrome, IE, Safari, or Firefox for downloading the voucher application pdf. It will not open correctly in Microsoft Edge (Windows 10, Xbox). 

Questions? To learn more about the UAB Dept. of Radiology’s imaging facilities, visit www.uab.edu/medicine/radiology/advanced-imaging-facility.

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