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The vision of the CCTS is to ameliorate disparities in conditions that disproportionately affect minority and special populations within our region, not limited to cardiometabolic, vascular and cancer-related diseases.  Through multiple pilot initiatives, we seek to develop the future workforce in a spirit that fosters collaboration, team science, and innovative discovery.

CCTS Partner Network Multidisciplinary Pilot Program

This program funds new interdisciplinary clinical and translational research projects to grow mature research programs in these areas.


Studies focused on child health almost invariably require multisite designs to ensure that participant accrual and retention goals are met. Cooperation among the CTSA hubs provides a unique opportunity to achieve this goal with the added benefit of coalescing the immense talent and experience among child health researchers in a wide range of areas of interest. CHAMP provides an existing infrastructure to organize, select, and manage this catalytic funding opportunity.

Drug Discovery and Development Program

The CCTS sponsors awards annually with our partner Southern Research, a not-for-profit institution with an internationally recognized track record in drug discovery and development. 
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Most recent RFA, for reference.

Other Pilot Funding Opportunities

University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Pilot RFAs: These multidisciplinary centers assist in coordinating thematically-oriented efforts for extramural grants and contracts, in developing center-associated core facilities and in integrating enrichment programs that are important trainee resources. In many cases, UWIRCs sponsor a/o co-sponsor pilot and feasibility research initiatives.

HSF-GEF Grants: Download an application here. The HSF-GEF grants are intended to enhance the infrastructure of Academic Health Center's Patient-Oriented and Laboratory Research efforts, Clinical Care Program Development, and Medical Education Initiatives and for university wide projects by providing funding from the Health Services Foundation's General Endowment Fund. Visit the UAB SOM HSF-GEF page for more information or to upload your proposal. Read about the 2015 Awardees and the 2016 awardees.