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Regional e-Notes: July Letter from the Director

Jul 28, 2017


Earlier this month, CTSA held it’s annual Industry Advisory Council and Technical Committee meeting to discuss and vote on the pre-proposals we received in response to our FY17 Request for Proposals. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members who participated in this critical part of our development process. We appreciate those members who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring our funding dollars are well spent.

Each year, I start the meeting by reminding our panel about their responsibility to evaluate each proposed project based on it’s potential positive impacts to regional aquaculture production and industry development. I also encourage them to treat the allocation of CTSA research dollars as if they are writing a check from their own personal account. Considering the limited budget of our program, CTSA strives to support projects that will have immediate or near-future applicable results and a maximum return on our investment.

The pre-proposals selected by members at this year’s meeting will now be asked to submit full proposals that include specific revisions based on the meeting discussion. The comments and suggestions provided by the panel are shared with PI’s in an effort to create the strongest possible full proposal based on the general idea of the original pre-proposal. We look forward to this next step in our process, and to reviewing the full proposals when they are due in September.

As always, we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.


Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CTSA