The goal of the C/T Research Academy is to support, nurture, and grow the next generation of C/T investigators at Harvard Medical School. Our graduates become highly competitive for careers in translational and patient-oriented research in academia, industry, and regulatory affairs. The program offers advanced training to early-career C/T researchers, with a focus on the core knowledge necessary to achieve success in C/T research.

Harvard Catalyst is committed to partnering with departments and divisions to provide education, core resources, project management, mentorship committees, grant training, and support for protected time. Completion of the two-year training program, which includes a carefully structured didactic curriculum and a mentor-based research project, culminates in a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research from Harvard Catalyst.

The C/T Research Academy focuses on the following key areas:

  • Clinical trial and study design
  • Computational/statistical sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Drug development
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Genetics and omics technology
  • Commercializing innovations

Academic Curriculum Timeline [PDF]

Trainees must pursue mentor-based research projects at their home institutions. The program provides additional external mentoring to each trainee to help further his/her career and scientific development goals.

The C/T Research Academy is open to individuals who are developing careers in C/T investigation and who are beginning two years of protected time in their home training programs in C/T research. Physicians are expected to enter the program after concluding the majority of their clinical training so they can focus on the research portion of their training. Individuals holding PhDs are expected to have completed one year of postdoctoral fellowship. Each applicant is expected to commit 75% effort comprised of (1) a required/elective didactic component and (2) a mentor-based research project at his/her institution.

Time commitment

Two years

Applicants to our program may simultaneously apply to the Harvard Catalyst Models of Disease Boot Camp or the Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (applicants are responsible for their own applications and tuition costs for the PCE). If accepted into either of these summer programs, a participant may request a waiver from the C/T Academy mandatory summer requirement.

Application due

January 29, 2021 at 5:00pm ET

Application must include (1) CV in NIH biosketch format, (2) letter of recommendation from the department chair or division chief certifying salary support and protected time for the first two years, and (3) 250-500 word description of the planned research project with a description of why the particular research mentor was selected.


Advanced training for early career clinicians and researchers seeking to strengthen their knowledge in C/T research via a structured didactic curriculum and a mentored research experience with an HMS faculty member. The program offers a pathway for highly meritorious candidates to acquire key research skills that will assist in developing competitive applications for career development awards and the transition to independence.



Must be a clinical or research fellow in a Harvard-affiliated academic health center, preparing for or currently conducting C/T research with a Harvard-based mentor. Additionally, must have two full years of salary support and 75 percent protected time available at the time of admission to the program.

Funding Level

No costs for participants


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