Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation (SPIRiT)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Initiating Organization: National Institutes of Health/ Clinical Translational Science Awards
  • Initiator Type: Academia
  • No disease focus
  • Location: North America


Founded on mutual interest rather than geographic proximity, the Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation (SPIRiT) consortium links six Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) together to jointly develop innovative resources to support effective translational research. Consortium goals include promoting a sharing infrastructure for research data, tools, resources, and biospecimens; establishing a network of scientists and supporting their collaborative research; and enabling inter-institutional collaborations among key CTSA functions such as career development, pilot funding, and regulatory support. In addition to its initial efforts focusing on informatics-based projects such as tissue-banking and data sharing, SPIRiT provides opportunities for sites to share best practices, such as those related to education and training, research participant recruitment, and research management.

Points of Contact

Laurel Yasko, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsors & Partners

CTSA Institution

Johns Hopkins University

University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Washington University in St. Louis

Yale University

Last Updated: 04/08/2016

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