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Who is CLIC?

The Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC), housed at the University of Rochester, is the coordinating center for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, which supports a network of more than 50 of the nation’s top biomedical research institutions. 

The purpose of CLIC is to serve the CTSA Program through coordination, transparent communication, actionable metrics, network analytics and innovative collaboration tools for use around the consortium, and to make the work and accomplishments of the CTSA Program vibrantly visible to all stakeholders.

CLIC provides:

  • Data coordination services to collect, analyze and transform CTSA Program data into actionable insights that accelerate patient impacts.
  • A dynamic ecosystem that supports collaboration and team science across the CTSA Program community.
  • Communications to support internal CTSA Program activities and to make the progress and impact of translational science visible to internal and external stakeholders.

CLIC has assumed the role of Tufts University to implement the Common Metrics Initiative and builds upon the foundation laid by Vanderbilt University’s CTSA Consortium Coordinating Center (C4). CLIC strives to support the goals of the CTSA Program and to be a central resource for researchers across the network of hubs.

All publications and other academic work that benefit in whole or in part from support from CLIC must credit the grant. Learn more about citing CLIC.

What is the CTSA Program?

The purpose of the CTSA Program is to get medical and population health interventions to patients and populations more quickly, and to enable research teams, including scientists, patient advocacy organizations and community members, to tackle system-wide scientific and operational problems in clinical and translational research that no one team can overcome in isolation.

Program Goals:

  • Train and cultivate the translational science workforce.
  • Engage patients and communities in every phase of the translational process.
  • Promote the integration of special and underserved populations in translational research across the human lifespan.
  • Innovate processes to increase the quality and efficiency of translational research, particularly of multisite trials.
  • Advance the use of cutting-edge informatics.
What is a CTSA Program hub?

A CTSA Program hub is defined as a UL1 award with a linked KL2 award and an optional TL1 award. In any particular fiscal year, if NCATS granted a no-cost extension (NCE) to an existing CTSA Program hub award, the Center would not count that NCE-status site as a funded hub during that fiscal year. Therefore, that NCE-status site would not be reflected in the table.

Currently, more than 50 medical research institutions across the nation receive CTSA Program funding, and these hubs work together to speed the translation of research discovery into improved patient care. Visit the CTSA Program Hub directory to learn about the hubs.

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What is Translational Science?

The CTSA Program is tasked with addressing barriers and challenges in the translational science space. However, the field of translational science, along with related concepts, can be confusing at times. Take a look at the following definitions:

  • Translation is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public
  • Translational research is the endeavor to traverse a particular step of the translation process for a particular target or disease
  • Translational science is the field of investigation that seeks to understand the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process

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