The Clinical and Translational Science Awards program is designed to accelerate the pace of discovery and promote the translation of research findings to improve health care. The program currently supports 60 medical research centers throughout the United States. An initial evaluation examined program implementation to assess whether, and in what ways, the program was enhancing institutional capacity for conducting clinical and translational research and advancing scientific knowledge.
The program has encouraged and enhanced a new kind of medical research infrastructure and re-engineered the scientific research process. The funded institutions have implemented a variety of changes to the clinical and translational research process to enhance research quality and increase efficiency. They have fostered collaborations and partnerships that provide new approaches to solving complex problems, and expanded the clinical and translational workforce through effective education and training programs. In addition, the evaluators made recommendations for improving the program, such as encouraging institutional pilot programs, increasing researchers' awareness of the program and its resources, streamlining the functioning of the consortium, and increasing incentives for collaboration and partnerships.
Report Title: The CTSA National Evaluation Final Report, https://www.ctsacentral.org/system/files/files/CTSANationalEval_FinalReport_20120416.pdf
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Westat, Inc.
Record ID: 9723 (April 3, 2012)