The Research Development (RD) core serves as the research engine for the SC CTSI. RD provides support in various aspects of faculty and research development to help investigators conduct innovative research projects that test the feasibility of novel technologies, methodologies and approaches to address challenges in clinical research and health problems of diverse communities.
RD draws team members from multiple academic disciplines, research staff, clinical providers, health system staff members, and community members. RD provides crucial catalytic resources such as biostatistics workshops, pilot funding, education and training in specific aspects of clinical research, regulatory advice, engagement of specific community or health system partners, and identification of scientific collaborators and core resources.
To keep top-quality researchers engaged in clinical research, RD also works with University leaders to assure that clinical and translational research is rewarded through promotion and academic evaluation.
RD oversees the SC CTSI Pilot Funding Program, which has a strong track record of productive investments in early-stage clinical and translational research.
Each year, pilot funding of up to $40,000 from individual investigators or small research teams are offered for two pilot funding mechanisms: clinical and community research and improving research methods and processes. Learn more.
Team science will be a standard and effective way of addressing problems in health through clinical research. RD is also charged with catalyzing and assembling new interdisciplinary research teams, both in response to needs identified with clinical and community partners, and in response to opportunities emanating from the CTSA network. RD offers team building seminars and workshops and provide direct support for collaborative cross-disciplinary teams and projects across, USC, CHLA, LAC DHS and with other CTSA hubs. Learn more.
RD also offers consultations for all faculty who are interested in applying for the SC CTSI pilot funding program or in facilitating and developing team-based research.