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The UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is committed to promoting clinical and translational research and connecting scientists, thought leaders, educators, health care providers and community stakeholders. Formal organizational collaborations and partnerships are an essential part of ACTRI’s mission to more actively engage with other organizations with a shared commitment to promote clinical and translational research in the region.

Collaboration is key to improving our communities and creating a better and healthier future for all.

Eligible Organizations:

Community-Based Organizations- Any public or private, non-profit organization which is representative of the San Diego and regional communities or serves a significant portion of San Diego and regional communities, particularly diverse populations who may be economically or socially disadvantaged.

Governmental and Academic Organizations- Any municipal, county, state or federal agency, political subdivision, boards, commissions, research institute, school district and institutions of higher learning, such as universities and colleges.

Categories of Affiliation


A collaborator is an organization that works with UC San Diego to promote clinical and translational research. Collaborators can help accelerate research, education/training, and dissemination to expand reach into diverse patient populations and facilitate collaborative projects in the community. Some examples of collaborator organizations may include community groups, health systems, patient advocacy groups or government organizations that can help to identify research, education/training, and dissemination priorities in the San Diego region.



An ACTRI partner organization is one that is willing to lend their expertise and resources to UC San Diego ACTRI in significant ways to promote clinical and translational research, education/training, and dissemination under the terms of a formal agreement. Partners will work with ACTRI to help bridge the gap between communities and UC San Diego. Partner organizations bring specific skills and experience for conducting and/or facilitating research, education/training, and dissemination, including working with community stakeholders that may not be currently engaged (e.g., underrepresented populations) and can have a significant impact on overall public health for our region. Some examples of partner organizations are academic institutions, non-profit and/or community organizations, and health systems that can help identify research priorities in the region and actively work with ACTRI on education/ training, and dissemination. A key consideration is a Partnering Institution may be included as a partner in only one CTSA-Supported UM1 hub application (i.e., ACTRI).  That Partners can only be affiliated with one CTSA is a rule set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Benefits of Affiliation Types


Benefits of Collaborator Affiliation
  1. Invited to ACTRI events or educational programs.
  2. Access to ACTRI mailings regarding ACTRI activities, including educational opportunities.
  3. Access to ACTRI retreats, symposia, seminars, and sponsored conferences. Number of participants may be limited based on the event and venue.
  4. Networking opportunities and access to UC San Diego faculty, programs, and subject matter expertise.
  5. Written letters of support when applying for grant, contract, and other funding.



Benefits of ACTRI Partner Affiliation

All benefits of a Collaborator and additionally:

  1. Access to ACTRI resources and potentially eligible for direct funding from NIH/NCATS (e.g., vouchers, mini-grants, career development programs) for advancing disease- or patient-oriented research. This is dependent on availability as determined by the respective Core Service Director.
  2. Assistance with study design (in both pre- and post-funding stages), including selection of potential imaging and biomarker assessments, and biostatistics and bioinformatics.
  3. Preferred access to clinical research staffing support services; IDC waivers upon mutual agreement
  4. Assistance with study participant recruitment strategies, and regulatory support.
  5. Introduction to potential academic partners.
  6. Access to ACTRI retreats, symposia, seminars, and sponsored conferences. The number of participants may be limited based on the event and venue.
  7. Eligibility for selected ACTRI educational programs such as Career Development Awards (K awards) and potentially available at reduced fees for UCSD courses
  8. Mentoring and career development support from Population Science and other faculty.
  9. Eligibility for support from the ACTRI in public announcement of research, education/training, and dissemination achievements.
  10. Written letters of support when applying for grant, contract, and other funding.