The COHA supported Pilot Grant Program enables innovative cross-CTSA collaboration, with the goal of overcoming system-wide barriers to translational effectiveness. These collaborative grants leverage existing strengths and resources at each CTSA, while building veterinary/medical partnerships for the benefit of both human and animal patients.
The COHA Pilot Grant Program is Not currently accepting applications. Program guidelines can be found here.
COHA Pilot Grant Program Application Deadlines:Statement of Intent: June 1, 2020 Statement of Intent Approval Notification: July 1, 2020 Proposal Submission Extended: August 1, 2020 Notification of Awardees: September 16, 2020
Previously Awarded Pilot Grant Summaries:
Development of iLEARN Training Modules to Support Translational ResearchCommunication and Collaboration Subcommittee Lead: Tufts University Partners: Colorado State University, The Ohio State, North Carolina State University Building on the veterinary Good Clinical Practice (vGCP) training and certification module through the Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) iLEARN platform, accessed through the newly designed CTSA One Health Alliance web site (CTSAonehealthalliance.org), this project will develop and implement three additional training modules using the updated iLEARN 2.0 platform that will provide guidance for work in client owned animals centered on the following topics: 1) Understanding regulatory and compliance requirements in clinical research 2) Risk assessment in clinical research studies 3) Client consent Once completed, links to these trainings will be co-located with that for the vGCP module under the “Training” menu. Updates to these modules will be performed every 3-5 years to accommodate changes in the regulatory landscape and the progressive alignment of veterinary clinical research practices with those in place for human clinical research. The overall impact of this work will be the creation of a curated set of guidelines and trainings for undertaking studies in client owned animals that facilitates accurate translation of findings to human patients.
An Online Post-graduate Certificate Program in Veterinary Clinical ResearchClinical Studies Subcommittee Lead: Ohio State University Partners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University This project aims to develop a first of its kind online certificate program for veterinary post-graduate professionals. The program focuses on research design, conduct, and data analysis in veterinary clinical research and will be specifically designed for junior veterinary academic faculty members in positions to conduct veterinary clinical research. First, a digital learning platform, with a focus on flexibility, sustainability, and ongoing cost-revenue relationship will be selected. Two graduate-level, semester-long courses will be developed and beta testing with key stakeholders will be conducted. The outcome of this initiative will be a fully functional online multi-semester, post-graduate certificate program designed to produce well-trained veterinary clinician scientists excited to contribute to translational efforts by conducting high-quality veterinary clinical research.
COHA Website Content DevelopmentCommunication and Collaboration Subcommittee Lead: Colorado State University Partners: Tufts University, Purdue University, North Carolina State University, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania Providing the necessary supported and focused time for website improvement is one of the most significant ways COHA can contribute to “advancing our understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals”. This project will provide dedicated time to enhance website content on the new platform. The aims of this project include expanding the animal disease models section to be a unique, searchable database for sharing of knowledge, and encouraging translational research collaborations; sustainably expanding the success and news story content to showcase contemporary translational research by COHA members; and using social media and website monitoring tools to extend reach of COHA website content and determine most relevant and engaging resources for maximal impact.
COHA Bioethics WorkshopClinical Studies Subcommittee Lead: The Ohio State University Partners: Tufts University, University of Missouri, North Carolina State University This project addressed important opportunities for advancement in bioethical principles in veterinary clinical research: subject selection and enrollment, study protocol review and approval, and owner/patient engagement. They surveyed the COHA community to document the current landscape and convened a two-day meeting with working groups formed around each key area. Outcomes of the meeting included a gap analysis focusing on these three areas in the context of NIH’s 8 guiding ethical principles A guidance document addressing identified needs and a proposed framework to address them was distributed across the COHA network for feedback and then published. This guidance document will serve as a blueprint for a planned administrative supplement application [NIH Administrative Supplement for Research on Bioethical Issues (PA-19-217)] addressing needs identified from gap analysis and network feedback.
Advancing One Health through Interprofessional Education in Veterinary Professional CurriculaClinician Scientist Education Subcommittee Lead: University of Florida Partners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota Funding for this project supports the networking and collaboration of a working group focused on advancing One Health through interprofessional education (IPE) in veterinary professional curricula. This project seeks to facilitate implementation of IPE through the development of One Health focused IPE core competencies. Utilizing a collaborative meeting space and agenda, the working group brought together IPE and One Health champions from multiple institutions to network and compose the project deliverables. Three aims include:
- Establish a shared working definition of One Health in the interprofessional educational context, specifically in the relationship between veterinary medical education and other health professions education
- Create an action plan for the development and integration of One Health focused IPE core competencies.