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Research and Innovation is one of the three strategic priorities of Children’s National Hospital. The mission of the Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI) is to "conduct novel basic, translational, clinical and community research and education programs within Children’s National Hospital that improve the well-being of children throughout their lives."

It consists of five distinct entities:

Learn more about the institute through its:

Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN)

Funded by Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the NIH, the CTSI-CN is led by Lisa Guay Woodford, M.D., director of the Center for Translational Research. It provides a wide array of support services to nascent and established investigators from medical students to senior investigators.

Grants Enhancement Program (GEP)

This program is one of several grant preparation services provided under the umbrella of the CTSI-CN. Led by senior investigators from multiple disciplines, its goal is to improve grant applications submitted by investigators and faculty members at Children's National and George Washington University (GW) in order to maximize the probability of funding. All Children's National junior faculty members (Instructors and Assistant Professors) applying for external funding must obtain timely review and consultation by the GEP at least 12 weeks prior to the grant submission date.

Funding Opportunities for Faculty Members

  • CTSI-CN Pilot Awards
  • CTSI-CN Voucher Awards
  • Bridge Funding (PDF): The PI (Faculty) Bridge Award is an internally-funded program providing up to one year of additional support for any established investigator with a competitive renewal application under consideration with a lag time between the current and follow-on funding.
  • Board of Visitors Grants: Each fall, hospital faculty and staff are invited to submit grant applications for research and programmatic initiatives. Each application is carefully reviewed by The Board of Visitors’ Grants Committee and grantees are notified in April of The Board’s decision.

Engaging Students in Mentored Research Opportunities

GW students have made important contributions to research projects by collecting data, assisting in writing grant proposals and even co-authoring articles. Faculty expand the capabilities of their research programs when they provide well-structured opportunities for undergraduates to participate.

GW faculty can now reach a broad audience of GW students by posting for-credit and other experiential opportunities on GW Student Research Commons. Postings are easy to create and faculty can choose to receive applications directly or customize an online application template.