Catalyst Awards
Deadlines & Opportunities

UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is inviting applications for Catalyst Grants beginning March 1, 2024. Catalyst Grants support team-building activities that advance translational science and promote collaborations across disciplines and CTSI institutions. Awards will range from $100 to $5,000, depending on the nature and scope of the project. The application link is open March 1 - April 1, 2024.

For additional information and to apply online:
Catalyst Award RFA
Catalyst Grant projects include:

Events ($1,000 to $5,000)

Lunchtime seminars, daylong symposia with faculty and community presenters from inside and outside UCLA, student-organized poster sessions, conferences and workshops. Events should be broadly available to UCLA and CTSI-affiliated faculty, staff, students and community partners. CTSI support must be acknowledged in all advertising and onsite. Proposal must include a list of speakers and the location. Agendas are expected to reflect inclusiveness, in keeping with the NIH Director’s announcement, “Time to End the Manel Tradition.” Awardees must complete a post-event report.

Team / Proposal Development ($1,000 to $5,000)

Meetings related to development of new translational courses, publication development, proposal development and industry partnerships. Interactions must be multidisciplinary and involve at least two UCLA-CTSI-affiliated institutions. Proposals must state how the activity will promote team development and outline next steps. Awardees will be required to complete a post-activity report and may be required to provide progress reports, depending on the nature of the activity. 

Other New Projects ($100 to $5,000)

CTSI faculty are encouraged to propose new programs to catalyze interdisciplinary interactions. Any imaginative idea will be considered for funding, but this mechanism is not intended to fund research projects.

Note: due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on events and team development, some budgetary guidelines may be subject to change.