Announcing OCTRI’s round two Catalyst Pilot Project award recipients

March 21, 2013

Congratulations to our 2013 Catalyst Pilot Award Winners: David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Scott Landfear, Ph.D., Owen McCarty, Ph.D., and Kevin Winthrop, M.D.

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) announces the funding of four research awards through its Catalyst Pilot Projects Program. The program is designed to launch multidisciplinary studies to further translational research. The awards support the collection of data essential to launch compelling applications for sustained national research funding. The funding was available through support from the NIH, the School of Medicine and the Office of the Vice President of Research.

“By supporting this round of outstanding Catalyst projects we aim to set the stage for strong interdisciplinary research programs in the future,” said OCTRI Director Eric Orwoll, M.D. “Each project has the potential to be the foundation for ongoing areas of investigation that will attract national funding and involve multiple investigators.”

Proposals fit within three areas of focus:

  • Development of Center Grants, Program Project and multi-PI Collaborative Awards – Funding aims to catalyze multidisciplinary collaborations, further the development of strong foci of biomedical research, and enhance the core resources available to OHSU investigators.
  • Research Cohort Development – To address the paucity of well-phenotyped human populations for research, funding supports cohort assembly, data system development, biospecimen collection, initial phenotyping or other needs.
  • T1 Translational Research/First in Human Studies – Support is intended to accelerate basic science advances into human trials, and thus set the stage for ongoing funding, either through grant sources or licensing/start-up generation.

Detailed information on all four awards, including project abstracts, is provided on the OCTRI website.

OCTRI is currently accepting letters of intent for our fiscal year 2014 Catalyst Award. Please see the full RFA at Catalyst Award.

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OCTRI is supported by (UL1TR000128) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).