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Regional e-Notes: June Letter from the Director

Jun 30, 2018


Our Industry Advisory Council and Technical Committee held their annual meeting yesterday to discuss the pre-proposals CTSA received in response to our FY18 request. I am happy to report that the meeting went well and that our group had thorough, lively discussions about each of the proposed projects. CTSA will now request full proposals from the pre-proposals that the group selected to move forward.

As I have expressed before, I am grateful to our dedicated groups of stakeholders who work together each year to put forth plans of work that address important issues and needs in our region. Our members understand that their thorough analysis of each pre-proposal and selection of meaningful projects is critical to the success of our program.

At yesterday’s meeting, pre-proposal selection criteria was an important topic of discussion. I encouraged our members to focus on supporting projects that will help our existing industries, as well as projects that will lead to the establishment of new industries and/or clear the roadblocks for industry development. In addition, the IAC and TC looked for opportunities to provide modest investments in support of creative ideas that may lead to valuable new technology.

I look forward to seeing the final package we put together during this development cycle, and as always welcome your comments and suggestions on the best way to meet our program goals.


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