Project planning guidance

CTSI's Research Prep Group (RPG) helps research teams streamline the study start-up process. Services include:


Protocol development:

  • Provides consultative protocol development support with the goal of improving the quality of investigator-initiated clinical research and reducing the time from study concept to final protocol that fulfills UMN Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements.

Feasibility Review:

  • Facilitates an objective review of study readiness by experienced research professionals.

Guidance in multisite study planning:

  • Provides guidance for planning multisite clinical studies and facilitates consultations with cross-functional experts in the following areas: single IRB support, standard agreements, recruitment and retention plans, community engagement studios, EHR-based cohort assessment, study design, and study budget development.

Study Activation support:

  • Coordinates closely with the Clinical Research Support Center staff to work through barriers and engage with stakeholders and leadership as needed. Proactive identification of issues, such as study implementation in the clinic, contract negotiation, patient engagement in research, and issues involving health information compliance.

Associated fees and funding for services

No fees are applicable to researchers, study teams, or departments for RPG services. Learn more on CTSI's website

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