The Medical School Research Support Office strives to provide guidance, tools, programs and processes for researchers across the Medical School to enhance efficiency and improve quality in research conduct.
This page is designed to provide a comprehensive list of both Medical School and University-wide resources, all of which are available to researchers in the Medical School.
The Clinical Research Support team will work to identify strategic opportunities for improving efficiency in research conduct across the Medical School. This will be done by providing guidance and programming to researchers when encountering regulatory or administrative processes, facilitating programs and processes aimed at reducing financial barriers to conducting research, and developing tools to ensure that studies are run efficiently.
Medical School Support
Medical School Research Support Tools
Clinical Research Project Status Tool - Pulls data from several systems providing research teams a quick and easy way to understand each study’s current status with a portfolio.
Research Project Budget Estimator (RPBE) - Allows a team to build research project budget estimates quickly, and efficiently.
Medical School Research Support Programs
2022 Medical School Lab Cleanout - A three-month rolling process that began on July 11 2022 and will go through October 14 2022 to provide resources to clean up the medical school’s laboratory space.
Genomics Subsidy Program - Provide discounted pricing for genomics services for Medical School faculty.
MCRU/DCRU Facility Fee Subsidy Program - Designed for investigators who need facility fee subsidy support to carry out high impact research.
- IRB Protocol Writing Academy (RFA due Feb 28 2023) - A program open to junior faculty to: learn the fundamentals of IRB clinical research protocol writing, access statistical and scientific mentorship, dedicate time for IRB protocol writing, and connect with regulatory support people. Deliverables: submit the IRB protocol by the end of the program period.
Medical School Research Support Processes
- Clinical Research Resource Review Process - Ensures all clinical research projects have adequate resources and support within a department.
- Medical School IRB Protocol Review Extension Program - Designed to support investigators for the completion of timely IRB protocols.
Other University Support for Clinical Researchers
- Medical School Pre-Award and Proposal Development Services - Provides grant support and budget development to reduce or minimize faculty administrative burden.
- Effort Reporting - Effort reporting is the method of certifying to federal granting agencies that the effort required as a condition of the award has actually been completed.
- Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS) - Databases for completing forms and applications relating to grants and sponsored projects.
- Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) - A system-wide University office that submits research proposals and receives awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents.
- Best Practices Integrated Informatics Core (BPIC) - Operated through CTSI (see below), BPIC provides centralized informatics services and collaborative science opportunities to support research, operations, and quality of care improvement initiatives.
- Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC) - Operated through CTSI (see below), the BDAC provides statistical and data management support, from study design to final analysis and publication of results.
- Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) - Offers a wide range of services and expert consultations to support the entire spectrum of translational research, including biospecimen support, budgets and finances, community-engaged research, data and informatics, recruitment, regulatory support, study start-up, and statistics.
- Clinical Research Support Center - Helps investigators and study teams conduct clinical research more efficiently and effectively through assistance with budgets, clinical training, clinical trials monitoring, project feasibility review, and statistical support.
- Fairview Research Administration - Offers a broad range of services essential to the research process, such as regulatory support and consultation, contract review and signing, research pricing and billing.
- Genomics Center - Provides genomic technologies and services to researchers and clinicians at the University of Minnesota and to external academic and industry scientists throughout the U.S. and internationally.
- Navigating the Use of Interpreter Services - A resource page to learn how to use Interpreter Services for your research studies.
- Research Services - A list of research services available at UMN.
Research Applications & Tools
- Advarra electronic data capture (EDC) tool - Allows study teams to manage study data while maintaining 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. Note: use of this tool does come with fees. More information available via the above link.
- ClinCard System- The Greenphire ClinCard is a reloadable prepaid debit card program for use as a payment option for study participants enrolled in research at the University.
- Florence eBinders - A tool replaces paper forms and physical binders, giving research teams an efficient, compliant way to electronically sign, manage, store, and collaborate on study documents.
- OnCore - The OnCore clinical trial management system (CTMS) helps research teams and administrative staff track and manage a trial throughout its life cycle, while providing institutional leaders with critical reporting and analytics.
- REDCap - A secure web application designed to support data capture and electronic consent for research.
- CTSI Research Toolkit - Curates tools, templates, information, and guidance from the University and beyond.
Policies & Regulatory
- Compliance guidelines - Guide from the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to help researchers anticipate and manage compliance issues that arise during a research project.
- Health Information Privacy and Compliance Office (HIPCO) - ensures that individually identifiable health information is handled appropriately across the entire University.
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) - Reviews all projects involving animals.
- Institutional Review Board - Reviews research projects involving human participants, working with investigators to ensure adequate protection and informed, uncoerced consent, as part of the Human Research Protection Program.
- Office of the Institutional Compliance - University Policy Library - Meets the legal needs of the University by offering legal services in many areas.
- CTSI Regulatory Support and Study Planning - Assistance navigating regulatory requirements, including support for ClinicalTrials.gov submissions, clinical trial monitoring, Investigational New Drug (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) applications, and FDA inspections.
- More regulatory resources
- Experts@MN - Find a research collaborator by searching topics and profiles generated through the Scopus © publication database
- Office for Public Engagement - Leader in advancing community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach that address the most pressing issues of our time. OPE builds and supports infrastructure that promotes deep, mutually beneficial partnerships.
- More ways to find collaborators
Buildings & Clinical Research Facilities
- Facilities for Participant Visits - A list of the available facilities that can be used for research visits.
- Additional Fairview Clinical and Research Facilities
- Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain - M Health Fairview Pediatric Clinic
- IDS Pharmacy - Pharmacy service responsible for managing and dispensing investigational drugs for M Health Fairview. All studies involving investigational drugs must be registered with the IDS, even if the pharmacy is not doing the actual dispensing of study medications.
- Fairview Diagnostic Laboratory
- Additional Non-Fairview Research-only Facilities
- Discovery Hub - A prospective plan to serve the health needs of Minnesota by operating as the core for statewide clinical trials and research involving the University.
- Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) - CNBD and other Research Cores - MIDB research cores can be incorporated into your research grants to provide staff support and expertise for neurodevelopmental research, integrating ability to use clinical research space for visits, infrastructure for data collection and management, data analytics, translation, and implementation services under one roof.
Onboarding & Training
- Training Hub - The University of Minnesota’s system for required and optional training. Anyone affiliated with the University of Minnesota can use this system to view and track their training.
- CTSI Trainings - Training programs and continuing education opportunities for PIs, research coordinators, research nurses, project managers, regulatory experts, and other study team members involved in health research.
Medical School Research Office - Research Support Staff
Peter Crawford, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Research Operations
Mahrya Johnson, MBA, CCRP
Director of Clinical Research Support
Amanda Rueter, PhD
Research Project Specialist
Senior Project Manager