For those research staff and faculty who are looking to gain practical experience or expertise in a technology or method not otherwise available at BU, the BU CTSI awards funding for mini-sabbaticals at other institutions. Annually, the BU CTSI will announce a call for applications and select three to be awarded. Applicants must be planning to learn a new or advanced technique or method, either within or outside their field of study. For example, a researcher introduced an animal model of bariatric surgery to BU and a physical therapy faculty member, creating an ongoing collaboration using a technique not available at BU, dual fluoroscopy of hip femoroacetabular impingement, to evaluate rehabilitation strategies. Applicants must make prior arrangements with an external sponsor who is willing to commit to collaborating making your mini-sabbatical possible.  Applications will be reviewed by Drs. Felson, Bair-Merritt, Center and Saitz and awarded based on the goals for the sabbatical and whether certain arrangements are in place. Although other institutions award mini-sabbaticals only to faculty, and primarily KL2 scholars, the BU CTSI has joined with other CTSIs to provide evaluation data on mini-sabbaticals to conduct our own reviews. In the last 3.5 years, we have awarded 16 mini-sabbaticals. Most recipients were staff project managers (4 awardees) and faculty (5 awardees).