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A key component of the CTSA mission is the education and training of translational researchers. Ensuring that investigators have the comprehensive skills they need to effectively and efficiently accelerate discoveries toward better health is essential. The CTSA program supports two types of formal clinical research training awards at CTSA institutions. All CTSA institutions have a KL2 program, which offers formal research training experience to scholars who already have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree. Many CTSA institutions also include programs that provide predoctoral trainees with an introduction to clinical and translational research through the TL1 program.

In addition to the formal training programs there are a wealth of training resources available to all investigators interested in translational research, some of which are listed below.

NIH Educational Resources

Core Competencies

Learning Resources

  • DIAMOND –  A discovery learning space that includes access to competency-based clinical research training offerings and assessments for clinical research professionals (CRPs). The DIAMOND Project also provides a unique e-Portfolio system powered by
  • Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Education– CDISC Education exists to ensure an authoritative transfer of knowledge from the CDISC standards development teams to users, to support consistent implementations of the CDISC standards that will achieve the benefits of standardized data. Courses are available online (, or in the classroom as public ( or private, in-house ( training.
  • CME/CNE Credited Modules (Scripps) –  Together with the AMA and Jackson Labs, Scripps has created a set of online modules for clinical providers to better understand the use of genomics in the practice of precision medicine. There will be 12 modules in total, with a new one issued every few months. Each is 15-30 minutes, interactive, case-based, and offers free CME/CNE credit.
  • Data Monitoring Committee Training Video (UW – Madison / University of Minnesota) – Free, online training video for both current and prospective DMC members. Featuring David DeMets and James Neaton, this video was produced by the UW-Madison ICTR and the University of Minnesota CTSI. More information.
  • Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR) (Harvard) – offers an overview of the concepts of clinical/translational research through the dynamic and interactive medium of online learning. The course is offered twice a year in the winter and summer.
  • Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research eLearning course (University of Michigan) – 9 separate modules on good clinical practice for social and behavioral research.
  • I LEARN (Tufts) – this online library, available at any time to anyone with an internet connection, combines professionally videotaped recordings of live lectures with other learning materials to transcend the traditional in-classroom experience.
  • Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences (Johns Hopkins)– This training program aims to enhance mixed method research skills through a state-of-the-art curriculum that includes interactive webinars, working with nationally recognized mixed methods mentors and consultants, and attending a summer retreat.


Mentoring for Researchers

  • National Research Mentoring Network  – A national network that provides resources for mentorship, grantsmanship training, professional development, networking, and resources for mentors and their trainees.
  • Research Mentoring (UW – Madison) – Provides resources to improve research mentoring relationships, including curricula, assessment tools and resources relevant for mentors and mentees, as well as those who would like to implement mentor training.
  • Mentor Development Programs Course Materials (UCSF) – seminars focusing on different aspects of mentorship.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  • Intro to Translational Science – an introductory course that provides students with a broad understanding of translational science, the types of research that are conducted under the translational science umbrella, and how this research impacts the public at large.


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