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. Questions? Contact the CCTS.

Take a Mini-Sabbatical and Boost Your Research

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

SEQUIN Project

SEQUIN Project 1A joint project of four CTSA Hubs: UAB, UMass Medical School, NYU School of Medicine, and University of Rochester Medical Center (in its capacity as the CLIC Coordinating Center). SEQUIN Project, which stands for multi-CTSA mini-Sabbatical Evaluation and QUality ImprovemeNt, aims to evaluate and expand the use of mini-sabbaticals, immersion learning experiences ranging from 2-120 days, by the translational science workforce. 

In addition to offering best practices to serve as a roadmap for the most effective mini-sabbatical programs, the SEQUIN Project also provides a living database to consolidate available opportunities. The CLIC site houses this database, allowing CTSA Program members to easily stay up to date right within the site. CCTS offers travel support to our investigators who wish to learn a new tool or research technique via a mini-sabbatical.