How we help


Reduce start-up time, improve project design, and navigate the complex clinical research environment with the help of our experts.

Services available through the CRSC
This table displays services titles, descriptions, functional groups who support the services and applicable phases of the study when this service occurs.
CRSC services
CRSC service Description Experts who support Activities
Biorepository and Laboratory Services

Provides centralized biospecimen support, including procurement, processing, histology, storage, and imaging services

  • Biorepository & Laboratory Services (BLS)
Budget development

Develop and negotiate budgets with business and industry sponsors

  • Clinical Trials Financial Services (CTFS)
Clinical facilities identification

Assists investigators and study teams in identifying the most appropriate location for their research visits

  • Recruitment
Clinical research professional training

Training, continuing education, and networking programs for U of M clinical research professionals

  • Translational Workforce Development (TWD)
Clinical trial accounting

Post-award financial management and reporting

  • Clinical Trials Financial Services (CTFS)
Clinical trial monitoring

Ensures data integrity by confirming participant data is recorded accurately

  • Clinical Trial Monitors guidance

Institutional administrator provides guidance on using

Clinics and Surgery Center Research Liaison

Works to increase patient and staff research awareness in the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center

  • Clinics and Surgery Center Research Liaison
Community engagement

Engaging community members in all phases of research, including study development, recruitment, and implementation

  • Community Engagement to Advance Research & Community Health (CEARCH)
Data access

Informatics services including access to rich clinical data and genomics databases

  • Best Practices Integrated Informatics Core (BPIC)
Fairview Health Services clinical consultation and pricing

The first point of contact for research utilizing Fairview Health Services resources, patients, or facilities

  • Fairview Research Administration (FRA)
Feasibility Review

An objective review of study readiness conducted by research experts. An initial consultation is conducted by the Research Prep Group.

  • Research Preparation Group (RPG)
IND/IDE determination and application support

Assists investigators with determination, application support, reporting obligations, and communicates with the FDA to ensure compliance

  • Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
  • IND/IDE Assistance Program
IRB submission preparation

Assistance in preparing materials for IRB submission and guidance for the IRB submission process

  • Regulatory Specialists
IRB support and guidance

Provides guidance and instruction to investigators and study teams who conduct research with human subjects and require IRB protocol approval

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
M Health Fairview community clinical research location planning

A logistical resource for study teams in bringing research into the M Health Fairview North Region sites: Maple Grove Clinic and Fairview Lakes Medical Center

  • Fairview Research Administration (FRA)
OnCore services

An enterprise-wide clinical trials management system (CTMS) used for study management, research participant management, and billing compliance

Project planning guidance

Assists investigators to help plan projects by pulling together experts from across the clinical research enterprise

  • Research Preparation Group (RPG)
Proposal submission; award / contract negotiation & acceptance

Institutional authority to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters

  • Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)

Assistance developing recruitment strategies that leverage recruiting technologies, University networking, and community partnerships

  • Recruitment
REDCap assistance

An enterprise-wide web-based data collection system

  • REDCap
Statistical analysis

Statistical and data management support, from study design to final analysis and publication of results

  • Biostatistical Design & Analysis Center (BDAC)
Study design and sample size calculations

Grant proposal preparation; study design consultation and evaluation; and sample size and power calculations

  • Biostatistical Design & Analysis Center (BDAC)
University of Minnesota Physicians clinical consultation and pricing

The first point of contact for research utilizing M Physicians resources, patients, or facilities

  • University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians)