Listen to our Thrivecast episode for researchers setting up their first lab at the UW School of Medicine!

Episode 9: Setting Up Your Lab
Dr. Devin Schweppe (Genome Sciences) shares lessons learned from recently setting up his lab at UW. Have patience with the process, ask for help from a variety of colleagues, and choose research team members with mutual passion for the work and complementary communication styles.




Skills and Resources for Researchers

Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS)

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a partnership between UW, Seattle Children’s, and Fred Hutch, and supports translational research at institutions across the five-state Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region.

ITHS supports clinical & research by offering a number of resources and services: expert consultations in BioinformaticsBiostaticsBioethicsResearch CoordinationData Safety Monitoring Services,  Recruitment SupportMultisite Trial SupportClinical Trials Consulting and Early-stage Drug and Device Development.

ITHS Translational Research Unit (TRU) offers investigators the support and infrastructure needed to conduct clinical and translational research. The Gene and Cell Therapy Lab (GCTL), an academic cGMP facility, provides researchers with infrastructure, training, and technical expertise to facilitate translation of promising cell and gene therapies.  The Community Engagement Program offers expertise and resources for translational research with community partners and for dissemination and implementation of clinical and translational research findings.

ITHS also offers various Pilot Funding opportunities and abundant Educational & Training programs including the KL2 Career Development Program for investigators at the postdoctoral or early career faculty level, TL1 Translational Research Training Program for predoctoral students. ITHS educational office also offers monthly Career Development Series and annual Introduction to Clinical Research Boot Camp as well as the CRISP summer program.

School of Medicine Resources for Researchers

UW Medicine offers many research support resources, community, and local research events for the Seattle area and beyond. Find a list of those here.

Research Training and Development

UW Medicine offers many resources for researchers, from clinical development to science educational opportunities. Learn more here.

Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP)

The clinicians and researchers at UW Medicine have the insight to develop projects that enhance the quality and safety of patient care at UW Medicine, and those projects need guidance and funding. UW sought to tap this insight and support it, creating the Patient Safety Innovations Program (PSIP).

PSIP provides pilot funding and expert guidance to innovative projects that improve patient safety and quality of care, reduce medical-legal expenses, and strengthen the academic environment around patient safety.

Learn about the program and how to apply here.

Grant Writing

UW and ITHS both have educational opportunities and courses for researchers to learn skills in grant writing.

The Department of Anesthesia offers a grantsmanship course. ITHS offers multiple series of trainings for graduate programs, post-doctoral programs, core competencies, and professional development.

How to Find Collaborators

Looking to find collaborators for your research projects? ITHS has information for investigators here.

Funding Opportunities

ITHS offers funds for novel, innovative, and collaborative translational and clinical research. They also engage in collaborative partnerships with non-ITHS programs that provide funding for more targeted research opportunities. Search funding opportunities here.

The ITHS KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development program provides the time, funding, mentorship, and training necessary to foster the early career development of clinical and translational researchers. The program is funded by the NIH and welcomes scholars from all health professions.

Please check each funding opportunity for specific eligibility criteria, which are dependent on the requirements of the funding sources. These criteria may be based on topic area, academic affiliation, geography (e.g., Puget Sound area, WWAMI region), or other factors.

Two additional funding opportunities are the UW Bridge Fund and the UW Royalty Research Fund.

Research Misconduct (EO 61)

The Research Misconduct Policy provides a general outline of the methods by which the University addresses research misconduct allegations.

Research Ethics

NIH Ethics Program

This site provides information on the standards of ethical conduct for federal employees. The NIH Ethics Program includes the central NIH Ethics Office and the individual ethics program in each Institute and Center (IC).

Professionalism and Integrity in Research Program

The Professionalism and Integrity in Research Program is offered through the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics at Washington University in St. Louis

What is Ethics in Research and Why is it Important?

This article defines ethics in research, including codes and policies, and demonstrates the importance of ethics in research.