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 who introduced an animal model of bariatric surgery to BU and a physical therapy faculty member created an ongoing collaboration using dual fluoroscopy of hip femoroacetabular impingement, a technique not available at BU, to evaluate rehabilitation strategies. Applicants must make prior arrangements with an external sponsor who is willing to commit to collaborating, making their 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 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).