To speed the translation of research into improved human health, the UAB CCTS and its Partner Network are committed to increasing research capacity, accelerating research processes, developing and supporting excellence in the research workforce and providing creative, innovative approaches to major health and health care delivery challenges. The CCTS offers access to a number of resources and capacities through its Research Commons and Training Academy, including access to core capacities such as clinical services; sample processing; informatics; UAB biorepositories; biostatistics, epidemiology and research design; comparative effectiveness research; exercise medicine; and human to model systems. It also includes a significant training and career development component. Through the Research Commons, investigators can access research-related services and resources available at UAB and our Partner Network institutions. The Commons provides individualized assistance to all investigators, from trainees to full professors. CCTS personnel direct investigators to appropriate services and resources and help identify related opportunities. They facilitate scientific connections between investigators and research capacities and among investigators to promote scientific interactions. One resource, especially useful to junior faculty and trainees, is the Panels Program. Panels provide consultation in early phase project design, grant proposal development, evaluation and revision of unfunded grant proposals, implementation of research protocols, and interpretation and or dissemination of experimental results.  To assist with institutional awards, the Training Academy provides a webpage with resources for training grant directors, including a library of successful T32 applications and information on training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. For individual career development awards, the CCTS also offers assistance with personal statements and the career development plans – with the option of Panels to strengthen the scientific content. In addition, it provides training in specific content areas – most notably informatics, drug discovery, and biostatistics methodology. Informatics offers lectures and seminars, as well as an annual Summer Seminar Series. The Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance (ADDA), in collaboration with the CCTS, offers an annual Drug Discovery Seminar Series. Biostatistics methodology lectures have been provided, specifically targeting pilot program applicants. These lectures are archived and available through the CCTS website. Other training has also been provided related to biorepositories, data management, biostatistics, etc.