Research Forum Program

Thinking about a new grant application?
           Developing a milestone-driven research project?
                     Need access to expertise and resources to be competitive?

The ICTS Research Forum (RF) Program provides a central portal for ICTS investigators to improve and accelerate their research projects and/or develop concepts that increase the quality and impact of clinical and translational research.  Each RF session provides subject experts who consults with the investigator in an interactive, structured roundtable discussion.  The RF operates through a team-science/team-mentoring approach that focuses on investigator-generated questions and issues.  The RF welcomes projects at all stages of development, from early-stage concepts to mature projects seeking extramural funding.



RF-Child Health: developing projects for high-impact T1-T4 pediatric research

RF-Medical Health Sciences:   for developing basic science research projects through to clinical trials and implementation to practice and policy

NEW! RF-Precision Medicine: promoting the translation of genomic discovery into clinical practice

NEW! Community Engagement Studio: providing support to plan, design, implement, and translate outcomes of value to diverse stakeholder audiences

All RF Teams hold monthly meetings for investigators developing projects and can provide rapid review and turn-around for time-sensitive or opportunity-driven submissions.  Investigators with highly developed projects nearing extramural submission may have their grants reviewed through the Research Forum or may also consider review through the biannual NIH Mock Study Section.

Service Eligibility

The Research Forum Program is available to all ICTS members regardless of career stage or partner affiliation. 

Request Service

Complete the RF Pre-application materials to request an RF consultation.  If requesting a Community Engagement Studio, complete the Studio Request Form and Hilary Broughton will respond.  For questions, contact

Submit RF Application

The RF team will respond within three working days to (1) assign a Navigator who will arrange a planning meeting and (2) provide an RF Project Number.  Use the Project Number to complete the full RF application

Contact Information

Betsy Keath, PhD
Director and Navigator

Sherri Gabbert, PhD
Precision Medicine Navigator

Hilary Broughton, MSW
Community Engagement Studio Navigator

Jennifer Harlow
Project Manager