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You write the science, let the CCTS do the rest. We welcome all faculty, trainees and students who wish to use panels for their research. 

Sharpen your science! We are here to help you brainstorm ideas, generate research questions, meet possible collaborators, fine-tune study design and sharpen your proposals. Whether you want a multi-disciplinary panel for your proposal or a quick, more tailored group, we assemble whatever expertise is needed to work with you to strengthen your project. Meet with a team of scientific experts who have perused your application as a first level of peer review.

project panelsWHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Translational Investigator Exchange Service (TIES)

Brings together investigators across disciplines (clinical <-> fundamental, etc.) to identify complementary relationships around a scientific or clinical observation/opportunity. Ideal for researchers who have made an interesting observation or discovery and are unsure how to explore in greater depth a/o how to advance a translational investigation.

Nascent Project Panel (NPP)
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Multidisciplinary peer group, bringing together expertise in fundamental, clinical and translational science, animal models, human subjects, informatics, biostatistics, evaluation, health disparities, outcomes, etc. This panel meets monthly and is great for research ideas that are still in a conceptual stage toward a deadline several months away. Worthwhile for those projects transitioning between funding mechanisms (e.g., K->R, Intramural pilot -> extramural proposal, revisions, etc.).

Panels Done Quickly (PDQ)

project panels reviewAd hoc peer group, tailored to scientific content and application needs. Agile and responsive in short time frame. Ideal for research strategies that are in advanced draft state, likely toward a deadline within the proximate 6 weeks.

Innovation Panel (iPanel)

This special CCTS panel connects innovators with access to experts in tech transfer and business development. A CCTS iPanel will help you chart the way forward, whether you are looking for venture support, help with an SBIR/STTR application, or trainings that will help you refine your novel idea, reach potential customers, and reshape your career. Through our iPanels, we help innovators from across the CCTS Partner Network move their tools, technologies, and drug compounds along the intellectual property pathway.

Questions? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-7442. If you know which panel you need, we invite you to submit a Panel Request Form.

Direct Consultation

To complement your application’s development and peer review, the CCTS is happy to connect investigators to experts, one-on-one consultation, including:

  • “The panels were instrumental in providing tangible guidance for two separate programmatic grants. Incorporating expertise from fields beyond our own helped elevate our application substantially.”

    — Steven Rowe, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, UAB

  • “Being a reviewer for these panels has created opportunities to expand my collaborations with new faculty in different departments.”

    — Paula Chandler-Laney, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences, UAB

  • "The PDQ program was instrumental in shaping our response to the first round of critiques."

    — Thomas S. Denney Jr., PhD, CCTS Site Lead, Auburn University