Research Support


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

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Medical School Support

Medical School Research Support Tools

Medical School Research Support Programs

  • 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.

  • Protocol Writing Program - A program open to all members of our research community to learn the fundamentals of human subjects research protocol writing and how to navigate services at the University of Minnesota.
  • Greater MN Clinical Research Initiative - Striving to expand access to a wide range of clinical trials to Minnesotans across the state through partnerships with physicians, hospitals, and clinics across greater MN.

Medical School Research Support Processes

Collaborative Support for Clinical Researchers

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Collaborative Support for Clinical Researchers

MHealth Fairview Research Administration

  • Interpreter Services - A resource page to learn how to use Interpreter Services for your research studies.
  • MHealth Fairview Pricing Request Process - Fairview Research Administration and the Medical School Research Office have collaborated to streamline the process for submitting a Fairview Pricing Request as part of the grant proposal process.

Other University Support for Clinical Researchers

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Other University Support for Clinical Researchers

Grants Management

Study Services

  • Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ARDL) - A central biochemistry laboratory primarily serving industry clients outside of the University. Primary services include: High-Volume Immunoassay Testing Platforms, Mass Spectrometer Center, and Biorepository solutions.
  • 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.
  • Clinics & Surgery Center (CSC) - Explore this website to learn the latest information regarding the conduct of clinical research in the CSC. To learn more about expectations for utilizing lab services at the CSC, expectations and steps can be found at this link.
  • 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

Find Collaborators

  • 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

  • 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.

Background & Literature Review Resources

Onboarding & Training

  • IRB Lunch & Learn Recordings - A collection of previous recordings and seminars offered through the IRB’s educational arm.
  • Clinical Research Professional Development (CRPD) Series Recordings - bi-weekly professional development and networking series for clinical research professionals at the University of Minnesota
  • IRB Toolkit Library - a set of documents primarily for use and reference by the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), IRB staff, and IRB members
  • Guidelines for Indigenous Research - This guidebook is intended for UMN researchers who are pursuing work with Tribal collaborators, Tribal communities, Tribal natural resources, and other Tribally-controlled or Tribal-serving institutions, Indigenous Peoples, places, and objects of cultural significance.
  • 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.
  • Tribal-University Relations Training - This course provides an introduction to relationships between the University and Native nations.
  • 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.
  • CTSI Research Toolkit - Find the tools, guidance, and other resources for conducting health sciences research at the University of Minnesota.


Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) - Management of patents and licenses, and support for creating University-based start-up companies.

Duluth Campus Medical School Research Support

  • Duluth Office of Research Support - Located on the Duluth campus, the Office of Research Support was created to support faculty, staff and students in their research endeavors, helping to further the mission of our campus to better serve the healthcare needs of rural Minnesota and Native American communities.
  • Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research - A collaboration of St. Luke’s and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus



News and Updates

Interpreter Services "How To" Handbook Now Available! - More information and a link to the handbook can be found here.

We recently launched the Research Project Budget Estimator tool! Click here to watch the recorded demonstration and access the tool. 

Research Support Staff

Mahrya Johnson, MBA, CCRP
Director of Clinical Research Support

Julianne Feola, PhD, CCRP
Research Project Specialist, Greater MN Research Initiative

Amanda Rueter, PhD
Research Project Specialist