Launchpad Program Offers Evidence to Implementation Awards for 2021

The 2020 Evidence to Implementation (E2I) RFA has been released for a third round of applications. New in 2018, the purpose of the E2I award is to expedite dissemination of evidence based practices, interventions, and innovations to appropriate end-users using the D&I Launchpad Program. These include self-management or other health promotion workshops and interventions, and health services innovations that improve delivery of care in the health care or community setting. Previous awards are described here.  Jane Mahoney, Director of the ICTR D&I Launchpad program, notes,

The Launchpad team’s expertise will help with the future growth and sustainability of these healthcare innovations. These programs have incredible potential to make a significant impact on the health of Wisconsin and beyond.

Preproposals are due November 30, 2020

These awards will support creation of a Launchpad Package to support the dissemination and implementation of the evidence-based intervention or innovation. The elements of the Launchpad Package will be unique to each project, but may include a business plan – value proposition, marketing, sales, financials, intellectual property review, and any necessary tools and supporting materials.

More information, all deadlines, and application materials are available on the funding opportunities page.

Corrections: Preproposal deadline extended.

E2I Awards Support Moving Research Findings Into Practice

Three evidence-based interventions have been selected to receive the 2020 UW Evidence to Implementation (E2I) Awards. The E2I Award Program was launched in 2018 with two awardees, and expanded this spring to three awards. The E2I application process is unique in that finalists work closely with the D&I Launchpad to co-create a robust final application, which is then subject to a competitive outside review.

These awards help investigators who have developed high impact, evidence-based interventions in health care take the next step to implement their research findings in clinical and community health settings. In addition to direct financial support, E2I awardees receive comprehensive resources from the ICTR-CAP D&I Launchpad program. Such resources include help with development of toolkits, marketing materials, and comprehensive business plans.

The 2019 E2I awardees are:

  • I-SITE: Implementation for Sustained Impact in Teleophthalmology
    Yao Liu, MD, UW Department of Ophthalmology
    Previous ICTR Support: Translational Basic and Clinical Research Pilot Award (2016)
  •  Staying Healthy After Childbirth: A Program for Moms with High Blood Pressure After Childbirth
    Kara Hoppe, DO, UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Previous ICTR Support: CCHE Health Equity Research Fellow (2018)
  • MOVIN: Mobilizing Older Adults Via Systems-Based Interventions
    Barb King, PhD & Linsey Steege, PhD, UW School of Nursing
    Previous ICTR-CAP Support: Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Award (2013), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Award (now known as SPER) (2017), Dissemination &Implementation Research Award (2018)

Complete list of awardees (2018-2020)

Jane Mahoney, Director of the Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad, comments,

Our D&I Launchpad team is very excited to work with this years awardees representing three innovative programs. These programs have incredible potential to make a significant impact on the health of Wisconsin and beyond. The Launchpad team’s expertise will help with the future growth and sustainability of these programs.

Growth in the E2I awards program reflects the underlying expansion in the D&I Launchpad program and the importance of translational research to the ICTR mission. As noted above, the award is only the first step in the ongoing commitment of the launchpad team to supporting the implementation plans of awardees.

For more information about the E2I Award program or other services, visit the D&I Launchpad page.

Read more about the E2I RFA

2019 TL1 Predoctoral RFAs Include New Team Applications

Applying and being trained in teams is a new feature of the TL1 Predoctoral Training Program in 2019. Applicants have the option of applying in teams of two trainees and two trainers. So-called “team trainees” will participate in the same training activities as the program’s individual trainees-trainers. In addition, they will collaborate on a research project with a trainee from a different PhD program and their co-trainers will be trained as co-mentors through the ICTR Mentoring Team. The two trainees must be in different doctoral degree programs and their co-trainers must have primary appointments in different departments.

Allan Brasier, ICTR Executive Director and a national expert in team science, notes,

Research has shown that the inclusion of different types of roles on research teams improves the team’s effectiveness. In particular, the inclusion of graduate students on multidisciplinary teams increases the likelihood of breakthrough scientific publications.

Beth Meyerand, co-PI of the TL1 program, adds,

Team trainees will benefit from a new one-credit team science seminar which will help them develop their collaboration plan. The University of Florida has found that the collaboration adds value to the dissertation of each of the trainees, specifically by helping shape one of the specific aims of the research project.

Other CTSA sites in this new national pilot program are Mayo and the University of Kentucky. The four sites will use traditionally trained TL1 students as a control group. At UW, the two types of trainees will be compared for long-term outcomes, such as persistently working in clinical and translational science and the multidisciplinary nature of their research teams after graduation.

Meyerand quotes Wayne McCormack, University of Florida training director and PI of the national pilot program,

Our mantra is ‘Students work in teams in their clinical and translational science careers. Why not train them in teams?’

TL1 trainees, both team-based and individual, will take 14-15 credits of Clinical Investigation Graduate Program coursework, lead twice annual mentor meetings, participate in a TL1 writing workshop, and receive a travel allowance and NIH predoctoral monthly stipend. The 14-15 credit requirement replaces the prior requirement for a PhD minor in Clinical and Translational Science.

Applications are due April 1 for both types of TL1 pre-doctoral awards. In addition, an information session for the team trainee application will be held March 1.