Career Development

CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program

Our CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program offers invaluable support and access to expertise for early stage investigators, trainees, and postdocs who are applying for grants and awards, including the NIH K grants. We also offer a K2R cohort for early stage investigators in pursuit of their first NIH R grant. CCTS and SCOR will invite applicants who successfully complete the below process to join an intensive grant preparation cohort.

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CCTS Monthly Forum

On the first Wednesday of most months, we host an informal gathering known as the CCTS Forum, which offers colleagues an opportunity to learn the latest on a variety of clinical and translational science topics. The focus changes each month to help foster creative and unbridled discussion among a wide range of people from across UAB as well as the broader CCTS Partner Network.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate, Community Members

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Clinical & Translational Science Training Program

The Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP) is a six-month certificate program that provides training in clinical and translational research, including approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction as well as interactive experiences. Course content represents the following modules: Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Ethics, Clinical Genetics Research, Behavioral Research, Outcomes Research, Dissemination of Results, and Grant Writing and Funding Opportunities.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Clinical Investigator Training Program (CITP)

The goals of this training are to promote excellence in Good Clinical Practice (GCP); acquaint investigators with research capacities and expertise available at UAB; and improve awareness of ways to expedite clinical trials in a safe and rigorous manner. Designed for those with MDs, Dos, DMDs, and PhDs, with an emphasis on the responsibilities of investigators conducting human subjects research.

Who: Faculty, Postgraduates

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Clinical Translation Trainings

Our Clinical Translation staff offers trainings, from lunchtime brown bags to a 6-month certificate program in the latest clinical and translational research competencies, to strengthen the research skills of every member of your team.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Engagement of Communities Trainings

Through our Engagement of Communities domain, we provide learning and collaboration opportunities to a wide variety of community stakeholders. Our aims are to foster trust, explore and establish shared research goals, and speed the translation of knowledge into health improvements for all.

Who: Community Members

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Ethics

The Bioethics Forum is an annual event that brings together researchers, bioethicists, students, community members, and front-line research and clinical staff to discuss special ethics topics in research.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate, Community Members

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Friday Fellows Meeting

Our Friday Fellows Meeting provides the opportunity for investigators, trainees, and others interested in population and health outcomes research to discuss best practices. Share your latest project in a supportive "discipline agnostic" environment, find new collaborators, develop foundational skills in study design, outcomes measurement, and evaluation, and practice critical "soft" career skills such as public speaking, networking, and providing/accepting constructive feedback.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Mock Grant Review

The Mock Grant Review traditionally marks the end of our six-month Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP). You do not have to be a CTSTP trainee to join us! In years past, we have replicated an NIH study section to conduct a mock review of the “before” version of a real-world K or R application that received funding after a CCTS panel review and resubmission.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Team Science

The ability to work as part of a team is a critical skill for translational scientists, who by definition collaborate with scientists from other disciplines, institutions, generations, countries, and stages along the translational research continuum. Increasingly, translational science teams also include members of the community with limited knowledge of scientific concepts and terms. We offer experiential workshops and seminars taught by experts in team conflict and cohesion to introduce you to key principles for successfully participating on a scientific team.

Who: Graduate & Postgraduate

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Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS)

The mission of the CCTS Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) program is to provide beneficial information on career planning and development. Topics are presented in a relaxed environment structured to promote collaborative learning, networking, and problem-solving.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Grant Writing

Whatever2K (W2K) Cohort

Our CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program offers invaluable support and access to expertise for early stage investigators, trainees, and postdocs who are applying for grants and awards, including the NIH K grants. We also offer a K2R cohort for early stage investigators in pursuit of their first NIH R grant. CCTS and SCOR will invite applicants who successfully complete the below process to join an intensive grant preparation cohort.

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K2R Cohort

Our CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program offers invaluable support and access to expertise for early stage investigators, trainees, and postdocs who are applying for grants and awards, including the NIH K grants. We also offer a K2R cohort for early stage investigators in pursuit of their first NIH R grant. CCTS and SCOR will invite applicants who successfully complete the below process to join an intensive grant preparation cohort.

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Panels

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.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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R2T Trainings

Experiential

Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2

i2b2 is a scalable informatics framework designed for translational research. It enables users to perform an enterprise-wide search on a de-identified repository of health information. CCTS Informatics offers hands-on i2b2 training to investigators twice a month, with follow-up support on an as-needed basis.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Kaizen

The Kaizen training platform, developed by CCTS Informatics, is based on the philosophy of continual improvement and is designed to enhance education through a competitive format. Kaizen has trained over 2,000 investigators in various competencies.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Mini-Sabbaticals

In support of translational knowledge and research skills development, the CCTS offers short-term "immersion" opportunities, also known as mini-sabbaticals. A unique experiential learning opportunity in which we provide travel support for a CCTS investigator to learn a new tool or technique from a researcher at another institution. Every institution in the 11-member CCTS Partner Network offers at least one mini-sabbatical opportunity.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Seminar Series

This seminar series convenes researchers and trainees interested in a broad spectrum of Health Disparities, Aging and Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Speakers are invited to share research methods that may be applied to other areas of research, and secondary dataset information and availability, as well as analyses, results from the data, and other tips and techniques applicable to health services and health disparities research.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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STEP-UP Short-Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons

STEP-UP program is a biomedical research experience for undergraduate students. This program is coordinated at UAB and two other coordinating centers. Students are linked with experienced research mentors at the institution they choose for the summer experience, which may be their home institution or one near their hometown. It is open to students across the country who are interested in exploring research careers.

Who: Undergraduate

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UAB Science and Technology Honors Program

The Science and Technology Honors Program (STH) is built around the knowledge that our students are driven, they’re curious, they’re smart, and they don’t want to wait to put those qualities to good use. We’ve built a curriculum around starting science and technology right away, from an honors-honed core curriculum (enjoy your English class focused on scientific and technical writing) to specialty classes that teach you the fundamentals of science right there in the lab where they belong.

Who: Undergraduate

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Drop-In Clinics

Bring your laptop and study related questions to CCTS Drop-In Clinics for free consultations with our Biostats, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD), Biorepository, Bionutrition, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), and Institutional Review Board (IRB) experts. No appointment necessary.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate, Undergraduate

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Panels

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.

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Solutions Studios

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

CCTS I-Corps Bootcamp

Our 3-week I-Corps™ Bootcamp provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate their science.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course

The five-week I-Corps@NCATS Short Course provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate the translation of discoveries from the lab to clinical practice.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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iPanels

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.

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Entrepreneurial Grand Rounds

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship (HSE) seminar series is a collaboration among UAB, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, and University of Utah (all Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program institutions). Subscribe to CCTS Digest to hear about our next HSE Grand Rounds.

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Mentorship

CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program

Our CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program offers invaluable support and access to expertise for early stage investigators, trainees, and postdocs who are applying for grants and awards, including the NIH K grants. We also offer a K2R cohort for early stage investigators in pursuit of their first NIH R grant. CCTS and SCOR will invite applicants who successfully complete the below process to join an intensive grant preparation cohort.

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Case Studies in Mentoring

Bring your questions and concerns and join us as we explore the nuances of the mentor-mentee relationship. Our case-based discussions help participants discover new strategies to maximize the benefits of this career-enhancing skill. All sessions facilitated by experienced UAB mentors.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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CHIA Mentoring Program

In 2012, the CCTS One Great Community established the Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) as an annual grant competition for organizations in the greater Birmingham area. At the heart of the CHIA process is the desire to foster novel ways of thinking about challenging local health issues.

Who: Community Members

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First Fridays Mentoring Lunch

David Chaplin, Co-Director of the CCTS Training Academy, will discuss mentoring opportunities, challenges and advantages. No prerequisite for attendance. Registration required. Subscribe to CCTS Digest to register for our next First Friday.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

Individual Development Plans

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Self-Directed Learning

CCTS Grant Library

The CCTS has partnered with successfully funded investigators from across its partner network to develop this compendium of best practice grant writing samples. Our goal is to share the wisdom of their award-winning experiences in communicating about research in support of both scientific excellence and discovery.

Who: Graduate & Postgraduate

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CCTS YouTube Channel

The CCTS recognizes the value of online learning, especially to master new competencies as part of one's continuing career education. In an effort to accommodate distance and self-directed learners throughout our CCTS Partner Network, we provide many of our most popular trainings and seminars online.

Who: Faculty, Graduate & Postgraduate

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Proposal Development

Writing a grant can challenge even the most experienced researcher. Our Research Commons domain offers supports and suggestions.

Who: Graduate & Postgraduate

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CCTS offers a wealth of learning and consultative opportunities to help students, trainees, faculty, staff, and clinicians develop valuable translational research skills and competencies at any stage of the career arc. Click here to learn more!

  • To improve the rigor and reproducibility of your studies, learn how to access clinical data via our i2b2 tool, or find an informatics or BERD collaborator, visit our Research Commons page.
  • To master the principles of clinical research, improve a specific clinical trial implementation skill, enroll in our six-month clinical and translational science training program, or attend a quarterly Lunch & Learn to brush up on the latest regulatory requirements, visit our Clinical Translation training page.
  • To develop cutting-edge knowledge in bioethics, drug and device discovery, or genetics/genomics in clinical research and medical practice, visit our Special Modules training page.
  • To find community based research partners, attend our annual Community Engagement Institute, or mentor a Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) applicant, visit our Engagement of Communities section.
  • Learn more about entrepreneurship, the commercialization pathway, and team science by visiting our Innovation page.
To find out about the latest learning opportunities as soon as they are announced, subscribe to CCTS Digest and check our Events and Recurring Events web pages.