Groups of investigators wishing to be considered for CIG status must submit a 1-2 page document to the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) outlining the leadership, membership, research interests, sources of current funding, plans to utilize CICATS services and potential contributions to CICATS. The specific requirements include:
1. The team is transdisciplinary;
2. The science is translational;
3. The team is composed of senior and junior investigators;
4. Senior investigators must have a track record of funded research; and
5. The research plan is congruent with the research agenda of CICATS and the University of Connecticut.
Groups should include multiple researchers, represent multiple cores and be composed by researchers from affiliated institutions and from UConn Health. The CIG leader is the point of contact with the Gateway, the SAB and the relevant program core directors. CIGs are expected to meet as a group twice a year to share work-in-progress and to promote transdisciplinary collaboration, networking and innovation.
CICATS encourages participation by all clinical and translational researchers at UConn Health and its partnering institutions. To qualify for CIG status, transdisciplinary teams must include at least one junior and one senior researcher whose work focuses on a health or methodological domain. The CIG leader will be the contact person, and will report to the Scientific Advisory Board of CICATS.
Interested parties should submit a one-page letter describing the purpose of the CIG and how it will contribute to the mission of CICATS. The letter should indicate ways in which CICATS will contribute to the CIG and plans to use specific CICATS Cores and resources. The application letter also should include:
- A list of the faculty membership of the CIG, including rank and affiliation and an NIH biosketch for each participant.
- A brief statement of the disciplines represented by the CIG, and how the transdisciplinary team qualifies to be designated as a CIG (i.e., the health or methodological domain that will be the focus of the CIG and the participants’ research experience in that area).
Several benefits will be afforded to CIGs within the CICATS structure to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and productive outcomes. CIGs will be featured prominently in CICATS and have access to selected resources of CICATS, including those in the Gateway. Sponsoring cores will offer pre- and post-award support in UConn service centers (e.g., The Ethel Donaghue TRIPP Center). These benefits include:
- Custom pre- and post-award services
- Assistance from designated Investigator Advocates and CICATS staff
- Feedback on work in progress
- Institutional prominence as leaders in clinical and translational research
- Funding of pilot awards based on SAC review and Adjudication Committee review
CIGs will provide in-kind educational support to CICATS each year. Examples of activities that might meet these requirements include:
- Hosting at least one (1) seminar to share their CICATS research or teaching/lecturing in at least one class in the Master’s in Clinical and Translation Research program each year on innovative research methods and findings;
- Consulting with new investigators in the Design Laboratory; and
- Mentoring junior faculty and trainees.
This in-kind support provided by CIG faculty will increase the visibility of CICATS and promote the practice of multidisciplinary research to regional stakeholders. Moreover, it will provide excellent training opportunities for students, residents, fellows and junior researchers, and increase interest and participation of new researchers and clinicians in translational science. Each CIG will submit a plan for providing this support each year to the SAB, along with an annual progress report documenting their in-kind activities. Plans will be reviewed and monitored by the SAB, which will consider this information when deciding to renew CIG status.