Mountain West Research Consortium – Clinical Translational Research
Clinical Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)
A National Institutes of Health Consortia
Lead Institution: University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Mountain West Research Consortium (MWRC) is comprised of 11 academic institutions working together to build capacity for transformative biomedical research and improve health outcomes within the Western states region. The consortium provides opportunities for collaboration and research training, as well as access to shared resources and services.
In 2009, through a memorandum of understanding between member institutions, MWRC established the following strategic objectives:
- Create an effective and efficient system of governance with the Executive and Steering Committees described above
- Establish research infrastructure support mechanisms to share and leverage resources
- Develop pilot fund programs to stimulate collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and provide funding opportunities for junior faculty across the MWRC
- Develop collaborations based on disease and clinical content areas with special consideration of unique populations and environment in the Mountain West region
- Develop websites, databases and other collaborative tools to support the work of the MWRC
Pilot Grant awards of up to $60,000 for one year to develop new clinical or translational research programs at MWRC institutions.
Mini-Sabbatical support of up to $75,000 for mid-career and senior investigators to spend time in residence at another institution in order to obtain experience to move into translational or clinical research.
Visiting Scholar support of up to $40,000 for early career investigators to spend time in residence at another institution in order to gain experience in clinical or translational research and obtain skills to help them further their careers in one or both of these categories of research.