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The CTN Health Systems Node (HSN) researchers have extensive experience conducting collaborative projects both within the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and with external collaborators. Typical collaborators include other HCSRN ​members, other CTN nodes, universities, the VA, Clinical and Translational Science Award networks, other research networks and public health departments. 

If you're interested in developing a CTN project in collaboration with the HSN and other CTN nodes, we ask that you do the following: 

Get in contact with one​ of the HSN MPIs, Kathy Bradley or Cynthia Campbell to discuss the feasibility of your idea as a NIDA CTN concept proposal. 

During the initial conversation, the HSN MPI will request that you develop the project background and aims. This should not be an R01 aims page, it should be short and concise – no more than a half page. If it is agreed that your project idea aligns with the current CTN strategic goals and objectives, you'll be encouraged to develop a CTN concept proposal. Concepts will usually involve one of the HSN MPIs or a HSN Core Faculty as well as involvement with other CTN nodes.  

CTN Concept Proposal Submission: 

All CTN study concepts should include: 

  1. Title Page 

  2. Narrative (3 pages) 

  3. References 

  4. Budget (projected/estimated) 

Please note these are general instructions - document templates with specific CTN requirements will be provided to you. 

Once your final CTN concept proposal and budget have been approved by the MPIs, it is submitted to the CTN Research Development Committee (RDC), which currently meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. Concepts are due at least 5 business days prior to the next scheduled RDC meeting. Reviews are typically communicated to applicants within the month after the RDC meeting. Decisions on funding comes later from the CTN.  

If you have general questions about collaborating with the CTN HSN, e-mail us at  

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