The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Pilot Program invests in early-stage investigators with innovative ideas and established scientists expanding their domain expertise. We support pilot projects that will pilot innovative approaches for addressing important roadblocks in translational science with a focus on the Academic Learning Health System (aLHS).

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Translational Science

The National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science (NCATS) defines Translational Science as "the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process."

Whereas translational research focuses on the specific case of a target or disease, translational science is focused on the general case that applies to any target or disease.

A key tenet of translational science is to understand common causes of inefficiency and failure in translational research projects (e.g., incorrect predictions of the toxicity or efficacy of new drugs, lack of data interoperability, ineffective clinical trial recruitment).

Translational Science Spectrum