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About Frontiers

Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI) accelerates research by connecting scientists to resources; facilitating collaboration among researchers, communities and institutions; and offering training. Frontiers transcends disciplines to seek innovation and improvement in health care by supporting the researchers of today and tomorrow. Supported by a five-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, Frontiers is part of a network of over 50 hubs nationwide that work to improve the translational research process.

Frontiers assists clinical and translational researchers through the following support services:

Frontiers funds research

Pilot Award Program

Pilot project funding (maximum $20,000) is competitively awarded to qualified applicants on an annual basis.

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Lauren S. Aaronson Trailblazer Award

Frontiers recognizes that awarded research budgets may be reduced by the funder or situations arise during research where gap funds could provide strategic value. To fill this critical need, the Lauren S. Aaronson Trailblazer Award program offers investigators small awards (maximum $5,000), a streamlined application and a rapid decision process to augment initiated research projects.

Frontiers offers annual, topic specific Trailblazer Awards in the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI), Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research Design (BERD), Diversity/Integrating Special Populations programs, Arts+ Medicine and Entrepreneurship.

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Commitment to collaboration

Frontiers accelerates research and increases collaboration across Kansas and the region. It is guided by advisory councils that include research leaders from affiliated institutions and health systems and national CTSA leaders.


Measuring the impact of the CTSI is essential to identify opportunities for improvement. Frontiers participates in the national CTSA Common Metrics program. Evaluation helps Frontiers learn how to improve resources, training and navigation effectiveness and deliver valuable support to accelerate research.


Frontiers is led by Mario Castro, M.D., M.P.H., with support by associate directors, Kim Kimminau, Ph.D. and William Brooks, Ph.D.

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Jen Baker, Administrative Director, is the primary point of contact for overall assistance or questions. Call Frontiers at 913-945-6290 or email us at

Grant Documentation

Frontiers CTSA Grant Summary (PDF)

Frontiers Facilities & Resources as Reported on 2016 Application to NIH (PDF)

Last modified: Nov 04, 2021