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Importance of Matching Funds for a CTSA Grant

Posted on June 27, 2013

Securing matching funds helped strengthen the case for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant, asserts Marschall Runge (bio).


A really important part for NIH was that you have institutional matching funds. When we initially put in our grant, we had about a one for four match, so for every NIH dollar we were only putting in 25 cents.

We thought that was part of our grant not getting better reviewed because the best grants were a one to one match and so through a bunch of partnerships at UNC and some throughout the state we were able to put together a one to one match last time and this time. So NIH for its $12 million a year gets $24, $25 million a year worth of research infrastructure support. And this spans everything from a lab-based investigator developing a new assay, trying to figure out what it takes to make that a clinically appropriate assay, to people who have — to investigators who have ideas on how to develop clinical trials and how to better control — better enhance clinical trial enrollment, to the kind of dissemination research I just gave you an example of.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher in 2013 at the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute.

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute is the integrated home of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is supported through the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) grant ULTR000083.


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