About ICTS Community Researchers
The Clinical and Translational Science Award program (CTSA), is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
One of the major goals of the CTSA program, and thus a primary focus for the ICTS, is the health of our communities and the nation. The CTSA is designed to improve the ability to transition research discoveries from 1) the basic lab 2) to clinical trials for humans 3) to proven health practice which then 4) improve the health of regional and national communities.
The mission of that strategic goal is: "To identify and develop effective partnerships between academic researchers and community stakeholders that allow for participation, discovery, application, and dissemination of science that improves the public's health and reduces health disparities, and to promote the translation of the results of clinical and translational research into practice and public policy.
The ICTS supports a variety of initiatives designed to facilitate research collaboration between academic researchers and researchers from community organizations.