Clinical Research Support Center


The CRSC brings resources together in a single, centralized, and convenient location to help researchers navigate the University of Minnesota clinical research process and specifically to assist with the administration of a research study from feasibility assessment to project initiation. 

The Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC) provides a cross-functional team-based approach to guide and support the entire University of Minnesota clinical research community — especially junior investigators or investigators new to the university — through collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Vice President for Research; the Clinical and Translational Science InstituteFairview Health Services; and University of Minnesota PhysiciansThe CRSC aims to reduce study start-up timelines and hurdles across the complex, ever-changing clinical research environment. 

Subject matter experts from across more than 20 functional clinical research service groups are co-located in the Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) and available to provide research facilitation assistance during the study start-up process and to streamline research processes, including budgeting, contracts and IRB guidance.

Support offered

  • IND/IDE determination and application support
  • IRB submission preparation support and clarification
  • Clinical consultation and pricing from Fairview Health Services and/or University of Minnesota Physicians
  • Budget development
  • Contract negotiation assistance
  • Protocol development
  • Project plan guidance
  • Cohort identification and study feasibility Informatics consultation
  • Clinical, genomic and biospecimen data access
  • Sample size calculations
  • Statistical analysis
  • Study feasibility / project readiness
  • Engaging community members in study development, recruitment, and implementation 
  • entry and updates
  • Fairview Health Services recruitment approvals
  • OnCore support
  • REDCap assistance
  • Clinical Trial Agreement and Material Transfer Agreement assistance


CTSI resources available through the CRSC can also help on through recruitment, execution, study close-out, and publication.

The center is supported by institutional leadership and a diverse steering committee; CTSI is leading the implementation and ongoing management of the CRSC on behalf of the collaborative group.

Contact the CRSC

Drop-in hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm
330 Diehl Hall (Bio-Medical Library)

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