Supporting those who are committed to applying scientific methodologies to accelerate advances in human health.

Special Interest Groups

Collaborate With Peers

ACTS offers its members the opportunity to participate in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) related to the field of clinical research and translational science. SIGs connect individuals who share similar goals and interests, providing a channel to network and participate in knowledge and resource sharing among peers.

Participation is voluntary, and there are no associated costs.

Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)

The BERD SIG provides 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 also serves as a resource for 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. 

Clinical Research Professional Taskforce (CRPT)

The Clinical Research Professional Taskforce (CRPT) provides an ongoing forum for deliberate and meaningful discussions around the multifaceted, expanding role of clinical research coordinators and highlights issues surrounding their support and training. The group also considers, develops, and presents data on current topical studies.


The Evaluation SIG examines the role that 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.

Partners for the Advancement of Community Engaged Research (PACER)

The PACER SIG brings together community and academic researchers to explore topics and issues important to building community-academic research partnerships and improving public health through research. 

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.

Regulatory Science

The Regulatory Science SIG promotes and coordinates education, training and research by sharing information, best practices, development of resources and launching relevant pilot projects. 

Current participants consist of members from CTSA Hubs, FDA designated academic Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSIs), FDA, NIH, Reagan-Udall Foundation, PhRMA Foundation, and industry. Its diverse membership is essential to coordinate efforts and advance Regulatory Science.

Research Education Professionals

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

Research Operations and Administration

The Research Operations and Administration SIG provides a venue for networking, idea sharing, problem solving and building partnerships among administrators.


The Scholar SIG provides trainees and other early-career scholars with experiences and opportunities to advance their careers in academia, industry, government, and/or entrepreneurship in the fields of clinical and translational science. 


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