2013 CTSI Annual Pilot Awards to Improve the Conduct of Research
To facilitate the development, conduct or analysis of clinical & translational research
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CTSI sponsored awards of up to $50,000 to the UCSF Campus Community and CTSI Affiliate Organizations for ideas to improve the design, conduct, or analysis of translational research.
Four projects were awarded funding from among 27 proposals.
Search Engine to Directly Access EHRs without Data Warehouses or Loss of Unstructured Data
1. Rationale Modern basic science rewards large papers in highly cited journals. However, it is difficult for translational and clinical researchers to assess the quality of a basic science paper. A proxy is the number of citations, but that is a very inaccurate measure; some papers that cannot be replicated have hundreds of citations. Given the lack of safeguards ensuring publication quality, the intense competition to produce high profile publications incentivizes publication bias (i.e.
Application Management System
Testing new Web-based software for increasing the speed of knowledge creation from translational and inter-disciplinary projects.
NB: This Pilot proposal deals with several completely new ideas and related terminology. To obtain explanations of these new ideas and terminology, please use the inserted Links to jump to WebSites, for descriptive information, and examples.
Rationale: One major hurdle faculty face in preparing grant proposals is in the drafting of the non-scientific components—that is, the Resource & Facilities, Resource Sharing Plan, biosketch personal statements, letters of support, and other regulatory sections (e.g., human subjects and vertebrate animals); this is especially true in the preparation of complex, multi-investigator and multi-institutional, Center-type grant proposals.
Development of an Inter-departmental Shared Research Assistant Support Program for Translational Research
Rationale: This proposal is based on two premises: First, it is well known that consecutive sampling is preferable to convenience sampling for essentially all prospective enrollment studies. One of the greatest obstacles to implementation of consecutive patient sampling, however, is the need to have 24/7 research assistant (RA) support for patient identification, enrollment, and data collection. Payment for RA support thereby commonly consumes over half of grant budgets for prospective studies, often rendering potentially meaningful studies impractical.