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CHAMP, the Child Health Research Acceleration through Multi-site Planning Program

CHAMP is designed to support investigator-initiated child health and lifespan research that requires multisite involvement to achieve special population recruitment goals. CHAMP is a catalyst that offers team-building conferences for research teams in critical early phases of project development.

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Studies focused on child health almost invariably require multisite designs to ensure that participant accrual and retention goals are met. Cooperation among the CTSA hubs provides a unique opportunity to achieve this goal with the added benefit of coalescing the immense talent and experience among child health researchers in a wide range of areas of interest. CHAMP provides an existing infrastructure to organize, select, and manage this catalytic funding opportunity.


  1. To provide start-up funding to create the initial team-building, design, statistical analysis, and informatics plans for high-impact multisite studies focused on child health.
  2. To catalyze productive collaborations among child health researchers across the CTSA network.
  3. To identify key areas in need of development (e.g., pilot data, organizational infrastructure).
  4. To focus on research themes that are consistent with multiple research funding opportunities once the research team is activated
  5. To develop a business/action plan with the goal of securing extramural funding within a 3-5 year period.


Applications Due: March 15, 2016

Decision: June 15, 2016

Earliest Funding: August 01, 2016-December 01, 2016


Investigators who are interested in applying should contact Nate Hafer, PhD, Director of Operations, UMCCTS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION.


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