With special CTSA funding, we have initiated an innovative Community Reviewer Training Program across a consortium of five CTSA sites. Led by the SC CTSI in partnership with the Translational Research Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Ohio State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of California, Irvine, we are expanding an existing program designed to increase the knowledge of community representatives regarding the meaning of research and how their participation in grant review enhances the rigor and impact of CTSA-funded pilot grant applications.
The five participating sites will incorporate the community reviewer training program into their CTSA pilot funding mechanisms, which support faculty in the development and testing of new approaches to increase the speed, efficiency, safety and quality of clinical, community, health outcomes and implementation research. We plan to evaluate the impact of the program on community reviewers’ knowledge of the grant review process and assess the qualitative contribution of the community reviewers to the quality and impact of work funded. Our long term goal is to enhance the review process across the CTSA consortium and other funding agencies through systematic integration of community perspectives.
Learn more about the program.