CTSI Catalyst Awards Program Accepting Student Internship Applications


The Catalyst Awards combine customized expert advice with funding to help drive promising early-stage research through the lengthy and complex process of translating ideas into patient benefit. The awards program is managed by UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

To provide an opportunity for medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to learn about early translational research and the process of translating academic discoveries into valuable products, CTSI has created the Catalyst Awards Internship Program. Deadline for applications for the fall 2013 cycle is September 30.

Interns will have access to all aspects of the awards program, including the project review process and the unique interactions between the academic researchers and industry experts who serve as Catalyst Awards Advisors.

In addition, interns will participate in small group discussions of product development issues with researchers and Catalyst Awards Advisors.

The program will also expose interns to industry perspectives in evaluating the potential for scientific discoveries to become products.

Students will develop an appreciation for issues related to defining unmet needs, assessing commercialization potential and development feasibility for an early-stage idea, and defining key milestones on the development path. The program will be invaluable to those interested in conducting translational research in academic or industry settings.

Up to eight interns will be accepted for the fall 2013 cycle. To learn more about eligibility and requirements, and to apply, visit http://accelerate.ucsf.edu/training/catalyst-internship.

To view previous awardees, visit: http://accelerate.ucsf.edu/funding/catalyst-awardees.