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In 2019, Mayo Clinic (MC) – Karolinska Institutet (KI) celebrate 25-years of collaboration. To honor this occasion, a unique $50,000 challenge has been established. We hereby invite you to participate in the 25th Anniversary Transform The Collaboration (TTC) Pitch Competition.

The MC-KI collaboration began with a small annual scientific meeting focused on diabetes and metabolism. Since 2011, the collaboration has expanded to include many areas of shared scientific, academic, and clinical interest, and a joint collaboration steering committee was formalized. An annual joint conference alternates between Stockholm and Rochester, a competitive annual travel award program to promote short- term travel between the two institutions was initiated, and competitive project grants has been announced. Recently, a comprehensive independent program evaluation was completed, and the MC-KI collaboration was identified as a remarkably successful model of international synergy and productivity.

The TTC Pitch Competition - creative proposals for transforming the Mayo-KI collaboration for the next 25 years, including a brief title, identify at least one proponent from Mayo and KI, and in 500 words or less describe the proposed TTC idea. Special attention will be given to ideas that cross disciplines and levels of training. Younger participants are particularly encouraged.

The top three TTC challenge proposal teams will be funded to send one representative from each institution to present a live 3-minute PITCH in front of a plenary session of the annual collaborative conference at KI, September 22-24, 2019. Voting by attendees will determine which pitch wins.

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Deadline April 15, 2019