Our Service Policy

Research consultations are available for all RI investigators in the areas of biostatistics, research design, qualitative methods, and biomedical informatics. Requests are prioritized according to Advance-CTR's Service Policy.

Our Service Policy 

Research consultations are available for eligible RI faculty investigators in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, qualitative methods, implementation science, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, and community engagement and outreach. 

The following may submit a request for an Advance RI-CTR research consultation:

  • Faculty with appointments at University of Rhode Island or Brown University may request services. 
  • Research teams with the PI named and contact information included on the request form.  

The following may NOT submit a request for an Advance RI-CTR research consultation for their own projects:

  • Undergraduate students. 
  • Graduate students
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • Trainees

Advance RI-CTR cannot support student projects, thesis, or dissertation work. 

Requests are prioritized according to Advance RI-CTR’s Service Policy.

Please Note

  • Team members who are supporting faculty projects may request and receive services for the faculty project. Residents and students are not eligible for services unrelated to faculty projects. 
  • All research projects that use Advance RI-CTR services must have current regulatory approval(s), as appropriate.  
  • Advance RI-CTR requires all investigators to acknowledge Advance RI-CTR in all of their research publications that benefited from any Advance-CTR resources.

What is Clinical and Translational Research?

For the purpose of this Program, "clinical and translational research" are defined below: 

Clinical research comprises research with human subjects that is:

  • Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual.
  • Epidemiological and behavioral studies.
  • Outcomes research and health services research

Translational research aims to convert basic research advances to applications in humans and/or research aimed at the adoption of best practices in community health care.

  • Contact us by completing the online Advance RI-CTR Service Request Form
    1. at least 2 weeks in advance for brief consultations
    2. at least 3 months in advance for support requiring a significant time investment, including external grant development
  • Use the Advance RI-CTR Service Request Form Guidelines Document to assist you in proper completion of the form. 
  • Service Request Process
    1. Upon our receipt of the Service Request, you will be contacted by a member of the Advance-CTR administrative team to schedule an initial consultation.
    2. An appropriate service consultant will be assigned to you for the initial consult. Note, that this service consultant may change depending on the project needs. Additional consultants may be added to better serve the needs of the request. 
    3. After the initial consultation, the administrative contact will serve as the consult coordinator and central point of contact. 
  • Service Satisfaction Survey
    1. Service consult recipients will receive a satisfaction survey within a few months of their most recent consult. This survey is to solicit feedback on the service request process and consultation experience. 
  • Advance RI-CTR Service User Product Survey
  • Upon completion of your Service Request, a Service User Product Survey will be sent to Service Users biannually. It is critical that each study team completes this survey.  Accurate reporting of outcomes and products produced with Advance RI-CTR’s assistance is required per use of Advance RI-CTR services as noted in the Advance RI-CTR Citation Policy.  

Advance RI-CTR strives to provide investigators conducting clinical and translational research as much assistance as possible, particularly junior investigators who may not have well established funding sources. We prioritize our services in the following order:

  • Support for awarded Advance RI-CTR funded projects.

  • Proposal preparation support for investigators invited to submit full-proposals for Advance RI-CTR award mechanisms.

  • Support for other clinical and translational research projects that align with the goals of Advance RI-CTR:

    1. Research supported by other IDeA Programs (COBRE, INBRE, etc.)

    2. Proposal preparation support for clinical and translational peer-reviewed proposals and investigator-initiated protocols.

    3. Short-term funded project support where the intention is to produce a specific deliverable within a very short time-frame. This includes:

      1. Specific set of preliminary data for grant or manuscript submission

      2. Developing surveys, applications, tools, etc.

Costs covered by Advance RI-CTR

  • Advance RI-CTR will cover costs associated with all items included in the prioritization list, in priority order as budget allows, and as outlined in the Advance RI-CTR Service Agreement.

Costs not covered by Advance RI-CTR

  • Long-term post-award support for grants external to Advance RI-CTR award programs. It is acceptable for Advance RI-CTR affiliated personnel to be budgeted into external grant budgets.  
    • Personnel budgets and related discussions must occur with the associated service consultant.  
  • Support for industry sponsored clinical trials. 
  • Costs associated with unique dataset purchases. 


Contact Us