The overall objective of the RCC is to strengthen and expand capabilities for collaborative, multi-site clinical trials and community-partnered studies on diseases that disproportionately affect underserved ethnic minority and geographically remote populations. To engage basic, clinical, community and translational scientists within and beyond the RCMI community, the RCC will employ the communications and technology infrastructure of the Data Coordinating Center in facilitating access to research support services and the search applications for research networking (Profiles) and resource discovery (eagle-i). In addition, the RCC will leverage the existing infrastructure of the key functions.

The RCC:

  1. Coordinates the activities of the Translational Research Cluster System to focus on research networking, resource discovery and bio-repositories, and collaboration and partnership activities that can increase the submission of joint grant proposals and publications
  2. Coordinates activities of the Small Grants Program, assisting researchers through the application process for the Pilot Projects, Collaboration Enhancement Award and CoreBucks Program
  3. Employs expertise across the RCMIs including the key functions to formulate and development successful research proposals and initiatives

The RTRN research agenda covers the entire spectrum of translational research: from bench to bedside, to clinical trials and to everyday practice. We are focused on increasing the number of collaborative research projects, increasing the number of collaborative publications and increasing the number of collaborative proposals of federal- and non-government-funded research endeavors.