New ICTR RFA offers Funding and Collaboration Opportunities

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UW ICTR is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for a new competitive funding opportunity that aims to advance the commercialization of innovations to improve healthcare outcomes. The Evidence to Implementation Award is part of the ICTR commitment to supporting the integration of effective research into clinical practice to benefit health in Wisconsin and beyond.

Each award includes up to $40,000 in direct costs and substantial in-kind consultation and resources, through investigator collaboration with the new ICTR Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Launchpad Program, for up to 18 months.

Melody Bockenfeld, ICTR D&I Launchpad Program Manager, comments:Melody Bockenfeld, MPH, BSN

We are excited to roll out this new award and look forward to forging strong partnerships with investigators to bring successful and effective health solutions to the public. This will also be the first opportunity for investigators to take advantage of the new suite of services we have developed under the D&I Launchpad Program.

This award is for researchers at UW-Madison or Marshfield Clinic Research Institute who are interested in seeing their innovations successfully implemented in healthcare settings where they will have direct, positive impacts on communities. The award is unique due to the partnership with the D&I Launchpad team, which will work in collaboration with the awardee, offering substantial in-kind support to the project.

Available services from the Launchpad team include business consultation, translation and packaging services, communication strategies, evaluation services, and implementation science guidance.

Chris Sorkness, ICTR Senior Associate Executive Director, notes:

This RFA is a big step forward in the long-term ICTR goal of offering implementation support for high-demand research inside and outside of Wisconsin’s borders. Through our unique D&I Launchpad Program, researchers will receive the comprehensive support and resources needed to see their healthcare advances make a successful, sustained leap from research to practice.

Proposed research for this RFA must include a successful intervention, care model, device, or other innovation that meets a specific demand and has potential for significant impact on healthcare or the community. Researchers must also be committed to disseminating and implementing their work broadly in practice and be open to publicly marketing their implementation materials.

The RFA is available online. A pre-proposal is due February 5, 2018. Projects chosen to proceed to the second round selection process will meet with the Launchpad team in early Spring 2018. Awards will be announced in May 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Melody Bockenfeld with any questions or requests for more information.

2018 RFAs Announced for Pilot Awards Program

The Pilot Awards Program RFAs for projects beginning in July 1, 2018 were released November 1, 2017. This release date is one month earlier than in recent years and has been adjusted to better fit the typical schedules of both applicants and reviewers.

Peggy Hatfield, ICTR Program Manager for Translational Basic and Clinical Research Pilot Awards, comments,

Peggy Hatfield

We found that our schedule needed to be revised to accommodate both the time off that many applicants take during the winter academic break and also to give us additional time to find non-conflicted expert reviewers. Given the collaborative nature of research on the UW campus, it has been taking more time to recruit appropriate faculty for peer review of pilot award applications.

Another new feature this year is the incorporation of the NIH revised instructions for reviewing clinical trials into the pilot award review criteria. These criteria will be mandatory for applicants to NIH funding opportunities starting Jan 25, 2018. The ICTR award programs will likewise instruct local reviewers to use these additional considerations as part of their review.

RFAs released Nov 1 include Translational Basic and Clinical Research, Clinical and Community Outcomes Research (CCOR), Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research, and Stakeholder and Patient Engaged Research (SPER). These awards span the full spectrum of clinical and translational research. More information and complete application instructions are found on the Funding Opportunities page.

Spotlight: Engaging Patients and Their Families in Family-Centered Care

Health Services Research | Elizabeth Cox

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Cox

Goal: To engage the voices of children and families to deliver safer, higher quality pediatric care.

ICTR Support: In addition to receiving ICTR Pilot Awards in 2008 and 2013 to support her research, Dr. Cox’s work was strengthened through a variety of collaborations with program partners within the ICTR Community Academic Partnerships core, assistance from biostatisticians, the Office of Clinical Trials, and scientific editing. Cox also received competitive ICTR-CAP supplemental funding to create state-of-the-art resources to support researchers wishing to conduct patient and other stakeholder engaged research.

Outcomes: Cox’s 2008 Pilot Award, Patient-Centered Care for Children with Chronic Disease, led to an AHRQ R18 which generated evidence to support adoption of the family-centered rounds approach to care in hospital settings. UW Health has incorporated this approach within the pediatrics service. The resultant Family-Centered Rounds (FCR) Toolkit has been widely disseminated and accessed by users in 44 states, Washington DC, and 11 countries.

Her 2013 ICTR Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Pilot Award, Engaging Stakeholders to Deliver Family-Centered Diabetes Self-Management Resources, and a PCORI-funded study have engaged children with type 1 diabetes and their parents to tailor diabetes self-management resources to the unique needs of each child and family. In addition, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin explored the development of group-based chronic disease management visits that would utilize Cox’s scheduling models, needs assessment tools, and content.

With support from the 2013 PCOR award and other ICTR resources, Cox has co-authored three toolkits to support patient and other stakeholder engagement including the Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research (TOPPER), Hard-to-Reach Patient Stakeholders (HARPS): An Engagement Guide, and Sustaining Engagement of Blended Stakeholder Boards Across the Research Trajectory. Collectively, these toolkits have been accessed by over 200 individuals world-wide.

Cox has become a leader in patient-centered outcomes research, and has been instrumental in developing local and national resources to support investigators wishing to conduct high-quality patient and other stakeholder engaged research.

Cox ED, et al. A Family-Centered Rounds Checklist, Family Engagement, and Patient Safety: A Randomized Trial. Pediatrics. 2017. Apr 25. 139(5): e20161688. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1688.

More: Does a Personalized Approach Help Young People Manage Type 1 Diabetes?


New RFA for Collaborative Health Equity Research

UW ICTR is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for new community-engaged health disparities research projects, the Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) Pilot Award. This novel award reflects ICTR’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of health equity researchers by supporting promising new research, training in best practices for engaging communities and patients, and facilitating the formation of interdisciplinary teams. Each award includes $50,000 maximum in direct costs for no longer than 12 months.

This pilot award is for early stage investigators focused on health disparities and health equity, and requires a senior mentor. The program is designed to provide researchers with experience in clinical and translational research necessary for their future career development, and to provide preliminary data for subsequent funding applications.

Chris Sorkness, Senior Associate Executive Director, explains,

Through this RFA we hope to “stack the deck” in support of early stage investigators seeking to conduct high quality research to address health disparities and health inequities in the state of Wisconsin. In addition to the many ICTR resources available to support community-engaged health equity research, this RFA recognizes that junior-senior collaborations can make all the difference in accelerating advancements in health. We strongly encourage interdisciplinary applications from broad campus investigators, since social determinants of health and health disparities/inequities often go hand-in-hand.

Proposed research for this RFA must address health disparities or health inequities and must be translational in nature. Applications must cite published evidence that the health disparity/inequity is recognized by state/federal agencies as significant and warranting intervention. Awards will prioritize support of assistant professors taking a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research, including those who genuinely engage community partners & stakeholders.

The new RFA, application forms & instructions are available online. A mandatory letter of intent is due October 2, 2017 and complete applications are due Nov 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to contact Caitlin Scott, Health Equity Outreach Specialist, with any questions about preparing an application.