As an integrated hub of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute combines the research strengths, resources and opportunities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and partner institutions NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, and RTI International in the Research Triangle Park.
Strategically designed to overcome barriers historically responsible for fragmenting and delaying research efforts, the NC TraCS Institute offers targeted, comprehensive and interdisciplinary solutions to investigators in the area of clinical and translational science.
The NC TraCS Institute seeks to help advance the work of those making direct impacts on health practices in research labs, clinical settings, homes, and communities — by serving as a centralized portal through which research personnel can gain access to valuable resources and services.
Of particular note is the NC TraCS Institute Pilot Grant Program, which "serves as a stimulus for new research initiatives aimed at obtaining sufficient preliminary data to allow new applications for extramural funding."
Each year, a number of these pilot grants specifically require at least one principal investigator (PI) from NC State and one from UNC-Chapel Hill, to be involved in the project.