C-STAR Collaborative Opportunities



We offer a variety of hands-on learning opportunities for scientists and clinicians who want to work alongside our experts, learning in real-time and in real situations.


At C-STAR, we know that collaboration drives scientific progress, and that these collaborations may take place in both formal and informal settings. Drawing upon our expertise in wearable technology and outcomes assessment, as well as the resources of the Center for Education and Career Development at Northwestern University, we offer a broad range of collaborative opportunities, including sabbaticals, pilot awards and informal mentorship programs.

Pilot Project Grants


Our robust pilot project program provides outside researchers with funding, mentoring and expertise to perform sophisticated experiments relevant to the use of technology in rehabilitation.

The Center for Smart Use of Technology to Assess Real-world Outcomes (C-STAR) will fund four projects per year. We are looking for projects with the potential for significant clinical impact that will likely lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other national funding agencies. We are also committed to supporting underrepresented researchers.

The 2021 Pilot Project Award season is now closed, but look for the announcement of four  awardees coming soon!



Since moving into our new translational research hospital, we have implemented a multidisciplinary method to evaluate early stage research ideas that we have termed IdeaLab. Here, we assemble appropriate physicians, scientists, nurses, therapists and entrepreneurs—all staff at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab—in a room to listen to and provide feedback for ideas under consideration by any of our researchers or clinicians.

C-STAR applicants will have the unique opportunity to participate in an IdeaLab focused on their research to receive critical feedback that enhances their focus and increases the chance of funding.



Sabbaticals may be fully funded by the mentees home institution. Alternatively, junior researchers can apply for funding for a sabbatical at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Researchers wishing to come to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for a sabbatical must complete an application that requests information about their proposed research. This information is shared with relevant Core Directors, who will initiate discussions with the applicant and their home institution about setting up a sabbatical.

Sabbatical opportunities are available, and require an additional application.
For more information email: cstarsabbatical@sralab.org


Informal Mentorship


Scientists typically acquire skills in mentoring via informal training and often use mentors who have served as role models for them. ​In order to further expand C-STAR mentorship opportunities, we will collaborate with the Center for Education and Career Development at Northwestern University, which offers a range of mentoring services to engage new and seasoned faculty mentors with the goal of creating a strong mentoring culture for junior and senior faculty.

Stay updated for more opportunities as C-STAR grows.

For more information about informal mentorships, please contact us: cstarmentoring@sralab.org

C-STAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Grant #P2C HD101899), supported by the NICHD and NINDS.

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