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NCATS Seeks Public Comments for Enhancing the CTSA Program

March 9, 2012—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) March 6 issued a Request for Information (RFI) on ways to strengthen or enhance the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, a consortium of clinical research centers based at 60 institutions that includes many academic medical centers. 

NCATS is seeking public input on how the CTSA program can be better structured and positioned to develop novel designs, methods, and research, as well as how to enrich the development pipeline by which new discoveries are applied or translated into improved healthcare.

The RFI announcement notes that prior to establishing NCATS, a trans-NIH working group recommended to the NIH Director that the CTSA program should continue to provide infrastructure to support “the full spectrum of translational research” from application of basic science to clinical trials to engagement with communities.  The trans-NIH working group, which was reconvened by NCATS to advise on implementing their earlier recommendations, will use the information collected through the RFI. 

Comments must be submitted electronically to: by April 6, 2012.


Irena Tartakovsky, M.D.
Director, Constituent Engagement
Telephone: 202-862-6134

Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488


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