skip to main content

Main Site Navigation

Top of main content

Research Support

At Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute (SFCRI), we constantly move beyond the expected and reach for exceptional. To ensure our reputation as a leader in community-based research, Carle fosters an environment that encourages investigator-initiated research and clinical trials. In this way, Carle is able to support, nurture, test and apply new discoveries that address today’s critical healthcare challenges.

We provide a full range of staff-supported services to our investigators, demonstrating our commitment to innovation and advancing healthcare through an extraordinary environment for research.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT RESEARCH SUPPORT

Research Request Forms

To begin your research journey, we ask that you submit one of the following research request forms:

Nursing Project Intake Form

Resident Project Intake Form

Carle Research Services Request Form

We're Here to Help

The Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute (SFCRI) provides front-end assistance to investigators to ensure the use of sound scientific research techniques for the creation of new therapies and discoveries.

We're happy to provide research consultation services on a range of research topics including:

DEVELOP YOUR IDEA

A successful clinical study begins with framing the research question, choosing the right methods and identifying the resources needed to achieve the goals and aims of the study. We offer support in:

  • Designing the research question 
  • Identifying the appropriate clinical population
  • Defining study type and methods
  • Preliminary consultation with the IRB
  • Grant proposal development

REVIEW STUDY PROTOCOL AND IDENTIFY GAPS

A good study protocol provides a roadmap so the study can be repeated by others. The protocol is the document the IRB will review. We offer support in:

  • Addressing the gaps in the protocol
  • Early identification of potential barriers
  • Recommending solutions and best practices

NAVIGATE COMPLIANCE

The healthcare industry and the clinical environment are highly regulated. We have specialists to help you navigate:

  • HIPAA compliance
  • Patient privacy and confidentiality
  • Use of investigational devices and new drugs
  • Best practices in clinical operations
  • Clinical billing and coverage analysis

IRB REVIEW and CONTRACTS

The research protocol, including all study documents and materials, must be approved by the IRB. Our consultants can offer pre-IRB feedback, as well as advice and support on Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, Reliance Agreements, etc.

CONDUCT THE STUDY

After the planning and IRB approval, it’s time to recruit and enroll participants. We offer support in:

  • Identifying, recruiting and obtaining patient consent
  • Seamless clinical workflows and operations 
  • Developing monitoring mechanisms and reporting requirements
  • Acquiring study related clinical data

DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION

When the data are collected, our team offers support in:

  • SAS and SPSS expertise
  • Troubleshooting analytic challenges
  • Data analyses and interpretation
  • You may directly contact our biostatistician by completing the Biostats Intake Form

PUBLISH AND PROTECT

Publication can enhance clinical practice, inform patients, influence future research and prevent duplication of effort. We help with:

  • Manuscript preparation and formatting
  • Responding to the publisher
  • Protection of intellectual property

Your Success is Our Success

Projects are supported based on assessment of feasibility such as availability of infrastructure, expertise and viability. To begin your research journey, your first step is to complete one of the following intake forms:

Nursing Project Intake Form

Resident Project Intake Form

Carle Research Services Request Form