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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 units, sample handling and biospecimen storage, study design and methodology, database handling, informatics and other CCTS-related resources available at a Partner Institution.

Application Guidelines and Eligibility

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. 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. All lines of investigation supported by the CCTS Research Voucher Program require appropriate regulatory approvals (IRB, IACUC, as applicable) in advance of award and study implementation. 

Allowable expenses may include clinical research costs, nursing services related to activities in the CCTS Clinical Research or Child Health Research Units (CRU/CHRU), coordinator effort through the Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP), specimen processing and storage through the Specimen Processing and Analytic Nexus (SPAN), Bionutrition expenses, extended consultation activities related to biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, bio- and/or clinical-informatics and other CCTS-related expenses. Investigator(s) salary/fringe may not be budgeted. Travel expenses are not considered under the voucher mechanism (for travel expenses related to Career Development activities, please see Mini-Sabbaticals). Vouchers do not support the acquisition of new equipment, nor are they intended to support general lab supplies or 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.

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.

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.

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. 

CCTS Research Vouchers Application - (PDF)

Voucher Ideas (not an exhaustive list)

-- I would like to use CRSP and the Clinical Research Unit to recruit, consent and collect blood specimens from a few participants to generate preliminary data for an R01.

-- I need extended biostatistics consultation / methodologic assistance from USA’s Translational Research Services Unit, which will inform the research strategy of an investigator-initiated clinical trial.

-- I would like to image a few healthy controls at Auburn University’s MRI Research Center to establish study feasibility for a potential career development award.

-- I need help to develop a REDCap database to aid in the collection, management and archival of clinical research data.

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