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The CCI offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of clinical investigators. CCI Cores provide specialized expertise that can be used separately or in harmony, allowing for comprehensive and flexible solutions to clinical research projects.
Protocol development for grant or IRB applications
CCI members often collaborate with investigators in the development of protocols for inclusion in peer-reviewed grant applications (e.g., NIH applications) or IRB applications. This support may include study design or a written data management and statistical analysis plan. In this case, support is provided free of charge via the CTSC Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Core and the CCI. Preliminary data analysis is not free of charge and must be supported through another mechanism (see the description regarding short term support given below).
Due to the large number of requests that we receive at any given time, requests for statistical support for protocol development will only be guaranteed to be met if they are made at least four weeks in advance of any type of submission deadline.
To submit a request for protocol development support, please visit CTSC Request Management System.
Short term support for an existing study
CCI members may also provide data management or analysis support for an existing study. Requests for this type of support can be made at any time by contacting Ralph O'Brien, Interim Director of the CCI Statistical Sciences Core, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the availability of CCI faculty and staff, work will normally commence within 30 days of the request.
FundingSupport of this type is not free of charge and so the investigator must agree to a detailed budget and timeline before any work begins. Should the work go beyond a ‘not to exceed’ cost, the investigator will be notified immediately for budget revision. The budget must be funded by the investigator using one of two mechanisms:
Percent effortThis plan is typically used to provide support for projects that require more than 40 hours of work.
Hourly ratesThis plan is typically used to provide support for projects that require less than 40 hours of work, at the request of the investigator, or for work done on CTSC pilot awards . Hourly rates are given in the table below. These rates also apply to CTSC BERD members who are funded on CTSC pilot awards but are not members of the CCI Statistical Sciences Core.
|Associate or Full Professor||$140.00|
|Senior Research Associate||$90.00|
Long term support for research groups or departments
CCI members may also provide long term support on single or multiple grants or projects that exist within a research group or department. Requests for this type of support can be made at any time although depending on the type of expertise and the amount of support needed, it may take some time to identify the ideal candidate. For additional information about this option, please contact Ralph O'Brien, Interim Director of the CCI Statistical Sciences Core, at email@example.com.
FundingFunding for long term support must be identified by the Director of the research group or department using a percent effort plan that is agreed upon by the Director of the CCI Statistical Sciences Core. To ensure that the amount of funding agreed upon is consistent with the amount of work being done by CCI personnel, CCI personnel will track and report their effort monthly. In cases where the amount of funding agreed upon is not consistent with the amount of work being done by CCI personnel, the Director of the CCI Statistical Sciences Core will contact the Director of the research group or department to discuss changes to the agreed upon effort or to the work being done.
Research co-ordinatorWhen CCI personnel provide long term support for research groups or departments, a research co-ordinator in the research group or department must be identified by the Director of the research group or department prior to commencement of all work. The research co-ordinator will be responsible for prioritization of all projects and will be expected to meet with CCI personnel on a regular basis to discuss progress on all projects.
It is CCI Statistical Sciences Core policy that authorship is based on the intellectual contribution to a manuscript and not on direct payment for the work performed. Justification for this policy is provided in an article entitled, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, that was published online by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors as well as the CWRU Guidelines on Authorship and Policy on Copyright. In addition, a 1989 Statistics In Medicine article by Robert Parker and Nancy Berman entitled, Criteria for authorship for statisticians in medical papers, also discussed this issue with particular emphasis on authorship as it relates to statisticians' activities on a study. Please note that support will not be provided unless both funding and authorship (when warranted) is guaranteed by the investigator prior to the commencement of all work.