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Funding and Grant Support

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports funding opportunities throughout the year and shares information on other University funding available to investigators.

The Institute and the College of Medicine’s Research Development office work together to provide a variety of information on creating successful grant proposals.

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Funding Opportunities

Institute Funding Opportunities Expand answer

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute administers or assists with several internal grant programs, including Bridges to Translation and Community-Engaged Research Core Faculty Fellowships.

Institute funding opportunities are listed here.

Explore federal, commercialization, philanthropic and internal funding opportunities

Inter-Institutional Program for Diversifying Research (IPDR) Expand answer

Building sustainable, durable bridges and interdisciplinary collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), in collaboration with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Cancer Institute (CU), is offering a new interdisciplinary seed grant program aimed at developing new or leveraging existent strategic partnerships and alliances with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): the Inter-Institutional Program for Diversifying Research. The goal of the IPDR is to perform collaborative work that advances research development capability as well as student and faculty training needed to support such research collaborations.

Applications for funding needed to assist PSU investigators in collaborating with investigators at MSIs to develop or strengthen joint research capability and undertake focused collaborations in complementary and alternative interdisciplinary research. The intent of this seed grant program is to provide support for up to two years to encourage and foster research collaborations that will lead to the submission of competitive grant applications for interdisciplinary research.

CTSI Awardees

The following CTSI and Cancer Institute co-sponsored projects have been selected for funding through the IPDR initiative:

  • Informatics methods for identifying and overcoming cancer screening disparities

    Penn State Researchers:
    Joshua Muscat, PhD, MPH – Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology; Djibril Ba, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology
    MSI Researcher:
    Carla Gallagher, PhD – Chairperson of Chemistry and Physics, Lincoln University

    The goal of this project is to establish an educational and research partnership with Lincoln University. The major objective is to conduct a critical assessment of factors that are associated with the underutilization of cancer screening methods by racial minorities with an emphasis on Black Americans. The specific aims are to 1) educate and train students with an interest in health care as well as faculty in understanding the empirical data that underlie cancer screening recommendations, and risk data, and 2) learn how to develop methods and awareness in overcoming these barriers through novel research methods, education, community involvement and physician-tailored education 3) provide opportunities to develop original research ideas and peer-review them for merit and 4) support seed grants, where possible, to conduct original research projects related to these aims and 5) develop a publication in the area of informatics and cancer disparities.

Bridges to Translation Pilot Grant Program Expand answer

The long-range goal of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is to develop, implement and make available to the community at large new methods to promote health and predict, prevent and effectively treat human disease. The Institute funds novel projects through its Bridges to Translation Pilot Grant Program to encourage collaborations and work to overcome roadblocks to taking research in the laboratories to patients in healthcare clinics.

View the latest Bridges to Translation Pilot Grant Program RFA

Grant Support

Boilerplate Language for Grants Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine’s Research Concierge Service provides a library of boilerplate language to assist in writing grant proposals. Investigators are advised to tailor boilerplate language to reflect the specific aims of their research project.

Get CTSI boilerplate for use in grants

Proposal Development Resources Expand answer

The Research Concierge Service at Penn State College of Medicine offers a collection of resources to help investigators with proposal development.

See proposal development information