Support services

Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) provides Children’s investigators with a wide range of services that support the entire spectrum of clinical research. Additionally, the RSP team supports studies by providing research support staff. All research staff hires are initiated through RSP. Support staff hires are dependent upon the hours required, work to be completed and skill level needed.

Special support for new investigators

RSP is committed to encouraging new investigators and helping them develop their research skills. Our services can be tailored specifically to young investigators to give them the opportunity to conduct a research project, develop and strengthen their skills, and obtain funding.

Support services for all research projects

The RSP team provides the following services to investigators throughout Children’s.

Biostatistical support including database development, statistical design and analysis, data analysis and interpretation of results, and manuscript and grant preparation.

Clinical data access and consulting including electronic health record access, extraction and data management, database design and study workflow, database programming, and REDCap database development.

Community-engaged research including finding community research partnerships, establishing evaluation plans, and addressing recruitment, retention and logistical issues.

Contracts and subcontracts including confidential and non-disclosure agreements, budget development, award review and contract management, and subcontract preparation and negotiation.

Clinical trials including budget development and negotiation, contract language negotiation, assistance with clinicaltrials.org.

Finding funding including grant funding searches, RSP newsletter and research group emails, development of funding opportunities calendars and strategies.

Grant development and submission including proposal planning and writing, logic model development, budget development integrating sustainablity, evaluator, statistician and expert engagement, proposal submission.

Scientific writing including manuscripts, grant and website content assistance, presentation development, scientific writing coaching.

Study design and implementation including choosing type of study (case-control, cohort, trial, etc.), sampling strategy and selection of controls, measurement and quality control, randomization and blinding schemes, recruitment, retention and logistical issues, and implementation of both observational studies and clinical trials.

Grant accounting

The grant accounting office provides financial oversight for research grant accounts. We follow standard accounting practices, Children’s policies and federal regulations. This includes establishing grant accounts, drawing down revenues or invoicing sponsors per grant and contract agreements, submitting financial reports to sponsors, and closing out awards and responding to audits. Contact Lou Urban at [email protected].

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB monitors any research involving human subjects which takes place at, is sponsored by, recruits subjects at, or uses any facility, resources or personnel of Children’s. The IRB also monitors the access and use of protected health information under HIPPA. Investigators are required to apply for and receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Contact Debra McKeehen at [email protected] 

Research compliance and integrity

Children’s is committed to providing an environment that promotes ethical research as well as the free exchange of scientific ideas. Scientific integrity is a key tenet in upholding this philosophy. Children’s will work diligently to prevent research misconduct and will support to the utmost those individuals who come forth with allegations in good faith.

Contact Christa Steene-Lyons, privacy officer, at [email protected] or contact the Privacy Hotline at 612-813-6911 or [email protected].