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ACTRI Organizational Affiliation

An ACTRI organizational affiliation will allow organizations and ACTRI to continue to pave the way for improved health outcomes for our San Diego communities. Through the two affiliation options, organizations can directly support their organization, ACTRI research, and community members. We have listed the types of eligible organizations and the two affiliation options below.

Application Process:

For individuals wishing to become an individual ACTRI member, please click here.

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.

Affiliation Types:

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.

  1. Promote mission, goals, and objectives of the ACTRI and the mission of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS).
  2. Commit to sharing expertise and being involved in collaborative research, education/training, and dissemination activities with ACTRI. 
  3. As appropriate, facilitate dialogue and partnerships with diverse leaders and populations served by the collaborating organization.
As a collaborator, your organization will enjoy the following benefits: 
  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.

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. 

Note: 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.   

  1. Closely partner in research, education/training and dissemination conducted by ACTRI individual members, defined as providing essential and sustained intellectual or practical support, recruiting patients and volunteers to clinical trials led by ACTRI individual members, or systematically assisting in the procurement of clinical specimens for clinical and translational research, and/or;
  2. Organize or play a substantive role in an essential ACTRI academic activity, such as contributing to an educational program or a core service, and/or;
  3. Participate in ACTRI activities, such as ad hoc committees to review Pilot Grants and review of plans for equitable distribution of other ACTRI resources, and;
  4. Engage in a formal agreement signed by an authorized representative of the partner organization and ACTRI which can potentially include mutual Indirect Cost (IDC) waivers between organizations
Partner organizations enjoy all the benefits of a collaborator and the following: 
  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.

For any questions regarding the levels of affiliation, please reach out to ACTRI Community Team.