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

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 (including bioinformatics analysis of raw 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

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. NIH support cannot be used to subsidize industry-sponsored work. If you have questions of eligibility, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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
  • REDCap server hosting fees
  • Patient stipends
  • Genotyping
  • Next-generation sequencing (e.g., WGS, RNA-seq, etc.)

Vouchers are not required to budget indirect costs. Vouchers are good for up to twelve months but must be expended before the end of the current CCTS budget period (April 30) regardless of award date. Vouchers are not eligible for no cost extensions.

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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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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 offers direct funding support to investigators across the CCTS Partner Network to offset expense(s) for development time* on CT scanners, MRI scanners (including the Highlands 3T), PET/MR, PET/CT, and all Small Animal Imaging modalities (9.4T MRI, Small Animal PET/CT, etc.) as well as limited radiotracers to encourage and to enhance imaging research.

* Development time may include administrative fees for radiology personnel (e.g. MD or PhD faculty, physicist or technologist), scanner time and associated core supplies, software, and hardware directly related to imaging that will be used to develop new imaging protocols or methods in preparation for a pre-clinical, translational, or clinical research project that has potential for future extramural funding. Examples include development of a new CT protocol, new MRI technique, using a radioisotope or radiotracer for a new application, new use for PET CT or PET MRI, new small animal imaging method, new hardware or software for image analysis or reconstruction, or application of an existing imaging technique to a project that significantly deviates from prior research methods.

Award Information

Investigators may apply for up to $5,000 (direct) in voucher support (limit of one voucher per faculty member per calendar year or concurrent development time allocations). Applications must include a UAB faculty member and outline the experimental need, what will be enabled by the investment (e.g., grant application, additional aims) and provide a budget with justification.

Regulatory Approval

All lines of investigation supported by the Radiology Research Voucher Program require appropriate regulatory approvals (IRB or 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 a facility director in advance.

Facility Contacts:

Advanced Imaging Facility (PET/CT and PET/MR) – Dr. Jonathan McConathy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Civitan International Neuroimaging Lab (Highlands MRI) – Dr. Mark Bolding This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cyclotron  Facility – Dr. Suzanne Lapi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Human Imaging Shared Facility – Dr. Andrew Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Small Animal Imaging Facility – Anna Sorace This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Jason Warram This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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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