Say hello to the new Harvard Catalyst website

Posted October 15, 2010

Things look a little different? Based on suggestions and feedback from members of the Harvard community, Harvard Catalyst’s web presence has been transformed with new tools, improved navigation, and a new look & feel, all with the goal of making the site more useful to you in your daily work.

An improved home for the clinical & translational researcher

Now when you visit catalyst.harvard.edu, you will find:

  • New navigation, content, and look & feel. Based on your feedback, we’ve revamped the look of every page of the site with an eye toward making essential information about each resource and service readily available. On each page you’ll now find “at a glance” views of essential information; easy click-throughs to registration, application, and requests forms; suggestions of related services and content; and contacts for questions.

    And while our existing services and tools have not changed, we’ve re-categorized them to help you find them more easily. Just look in our new menus and associated overview pages: People & Collaboration, Consulting & Advice, Education & Training, Funding, and Research Resources. If you have trouble finding one of our services in its new home, our site map can help.

  • The Pathfinder: Tools & training for researchers like you. The Pathfinder is a new way to see how your work fits in the spectrum of clinical and translational research, and quickly identify those Harvard Catalyst resources that are most applicable to you. Through video interviews with translational researchers, you can learn more about the skills and resources needed at each of the four steps on the translational spectrum and chart your own path to accessing or obtaining them.
  • Grant opportunities on the home page. Working with the HMS Sponsored Programs Administration, we have created a live, categorized list of grants cataloged in Grant Central, our collaborative online grant writing and project management tool. Check back each week to see an updated count of newly available federal funding opportunities.
  • New and better ways to find people. We have the latest version of Harvard Catalyst Profiles, fresh with more relevant search results, new ways to view investigators’ professional networks, and the ability to search from a concept-based (rather than person- or keyword-based) perspective. (Learn more about the new Harvard Catalyst Profiles in an upcoming Spotlight.)

    In addition, Grant Central’s Skill Finder helps investigators in the Harvard community find each other by letting them post “want ads” for particular areas of expertise. Skill Finder “offered” postings let you tell your Harvard colleagues that you are open to collaboration, and help you connect with investigators who have expertise to share.

  • Events calendar. Wondering what Harvard Catalyst courses are coming up? Are there other seminars, lectures, or conferences in the near future? Our new Events module lists both Harvard Catalyst events and events of interest to the translational research community, helping you find new opportunities to learn and to meet colleagues from throughout the Harvard system.
  • New & updated tools and resources. The site loaded with new and updated tools and resources to support preclinical, translational, and clinical research. For instance, our new Regulatory Atlas can help you find the regulatory resources available at the institutions that participate in Harvard Catalyst. The Regulatory Binder is a new template and guidance document for tracking documentation associated with studies involving human subjects. From the Harvard Catalyst Central Laboratory page, you can access the services of a CLIA-certified unified core analytical laboratory that provides Harvard Catalyst investigators with state-of-the-art, high-quality research assays at reduced costs. And Grant Central’s My Projects provides you with a secure online project space to collaboratively share documents, assign tasks, set key dates, invite colleagues onto a project team, and communicate within that team.
  • Homes for our programs. In our new Programs menu, you will find pages explaining the mission and goals of each of our component programs, as well as links to the services and resources they offer.In addition, we have compiled links to other initiatives and centers in the Harvard community that also conduct or support multidisciplinary research.
  • Answers to your questions. How do I find a collaborator? Get advice? Locate funding? We’ve included answers to these and other questions on our five overview pages. You can also jump to these answers straight from the home page by clicking “How do I…”Don’t see your question? Post it to the Advice Forum, a Grant Central tool that connects you with valuable advice about research and grant writing topics from members of the Harvard research community. Or click the Questions? Ask Us button at the bottom of every page to contact us and get the answer you seek.

Dive in today and see what Harvard Catalyst has to offer!

Harvard Catalyst would like to thank the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Weymouth Design for their efforts in the redesign process.