Special Interest Groups

Below are the current ACTS SIGs. If you are interested in creating a SIG or learning more about them, click here.

BERD (Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design)

The mission of this SIG is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on current approaches to the integration of biostatistics, epidemiology, and research design into clinical and translational science research programs. This encompasses integration in both the practice of research as well as in training and education. It will also serve as a resource connecting the biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods community to the broader spectrum of clinical and translational scientists (e.g. trainees, CTSA principal investigators, and clinical research coordinators) through activities such as the development and maintenance of professional networks and online materials.

If you would like to join the BERD SIG, please contact Heidi Spratt

The BERD SIG has a governance document that you can view here

Clinical Research Professional Taskforce (CRPT)

Clinical Research Professionals (CRPs) are an essential component to the research enterprise. Through the numerous activities and responsibilities delegated to CRPs, they serve a critical role in human subject protection and act as a liaison between investigators and human research subjects, clinical care providers, regulatory bodies, sponsors and numerous others involved in the research process. The majority of the responsibilities of study management are often delegated to the clinical research coordinators.

As such, it is imperative that CRPs receive adequate training and support to carry out each of the tasks assigned to them since this is critical to the overall goal of human subject protection at a given institution.

In this group we will provide an ongoing forum for deliberate and meaningful discussions around the multifaceted, expanding role of clinical research coordinators, highlight issues surrounding developing support and training as well as consider, develop and present data on current topical studies. 

If you would like to join the CRPT SIG, please contact Michelle Jenkerson and Tony Keyes


This SIG examines the role evaluation plays in organizations that are pursuing the changes necessary to advance clinical and translational science. Participants share their perspective on how evaluation can contribute to accountability, transparency, informed decision making, communication about outcomes and, ultimately, the value of substantial investment in clinical and translational science.

If you would like to join the Evaluation SIG, please contact Boris Volkov and Joe Hunt.

Partners for the Advancement of Community Engaged Research (PACER)

Partners for the Advancement of Community Engaged Research (PACER)  was established when the Key Function Committees were disbanded and Community Engagement Key Function Committee participants decided to continue working together under the rubric of the Association of Clinical and Translational Science.  PACER brings together community and academic researchers to explore topics and issues important to building community-academic research partnerships and to improve public health through research.  PACER meetings provide dissemination opportunities about community engaged research, metrics, and evaluation as well as a foundation for networking and collaboration among individuals and groups variously engaged in clinical and translational research. We welcome input from everyone.

If you would like to join the PACER SIG, contact  Linda Cottler or Mickey Eder.

Regulatory Science

The goal of this workgroup is to promote and coordinate Regulatory Science education, training and research by sharing information, best practices, development of resources and launching relevant pilot projects. The current participants on the workgroup come from CTSA Hubs, FDA designated academic Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSIs), FDA, NIH, the Reagan-Udall Foundation, the PhRMA Foundation, and industry.  The diverse membership of the group is essential to coordinate these efforts to advance Regulatory Science.

If you would like to join the Regulatory Science SIG, please contact Scott Steele.

Research Education Professionals

This SIG provides an opportunity for non-faculty education and career development administrators to share best practices and mentorship. It focuses discussion on topics relevant to education administrators such as evaluation, mentoring, and innovation in training programs.

If you would like to join the Research Education Professionals SIG, please contact Michelle Romanick or Karen Weavers.

Research Operations and Administration

The goal of this SIG is to provide a venue and opportunity for meeting, networking, sharing ideas, problem solving, and building partnerships among administrators. 

If you would like to join the Research Operations and Administration SIG, please contact Charity Sauder and Nathaniel Hafer


The Scholar SIG was established in 2020 by early-career members of the organization to provide trainees and other early-career scholars with experiences and opportunities to advance their careers in academia, industry, government, or entrepreneurship in the fields of clinical and translational science. 

If you would like to join the Scholar SIG, please contact Rajpreet Chahal and Simeon Abiola

If you have any questions about the SIG process please call ACTS at (202) 367-1119 or email Info@actscience.org. For instructions on joining a SIG, please see the document here