Initiating Research

Faculty members and external sponsors can follow the process below to initiate collaborative research with resident PI’s and/or fee for service (FFS) projects in the HCRF. Fee for service projects are independent from resident PI’s research efforts.

  • If a faculty member or external sponsor wants to conduct research in the HCRF, they should contact the HCRF Executive Director (Dr. Richard Kreider) to discuss the project.
  • The HCRF Director will discuss the various options on how to conduct research in the HCRF and refer the faculty or external sponsor to the appropriate HCRF center/lab director to discuss collaboration and/or fee for service (FFS) testing options.
  • Faculty and/or potential grant sponsors interested in collaborating with resident PI’s should contact them directly.  Potential collaborations involving CTRAL should contact Dr. Deutz.  Potential grant collaborations involving the ESNL should contact Dr. Kreider. Research involving use of the Human Centrifuge should contact Dr. Diaz-Artiles. If potential collaboration involves more than one lab/center, each director will be involved in discussions.  Since the center and labs housed in the HCRF operate independently, they will work directly with faculty on developing proposals of mutual interest.
  • Potential fee for service projects will be directed to Dr. Kreider. If the HCRF Executive Director feels the project can be done in the HCRF on a FFS basis, he will work with faculty or external sponsor to develop a budget proposal. Once the scope of work and budget estimate are finalized, the anticipated budget and payment terms will be forwarded to the sponsor to obtain a commitment to fund the project. HCRF staff will not begin working on the project until the agreement to fund the project is executed.
  • If a faculty member or sponsor wants the HCRF to perform a service not currently on the approved list of services, HCRF staff will submit a request to add the service to the Department of Accounting Services in the Division of Finance & Operations for approval.
  • For FFS testing performed for non-resident PI’s, HCRF staff will work with the PI to make sure they have necessary information to describe HCRF testing, facilities, and oversight for their IRB application. Once approved, a copy of the signed IRB will be forwarded to the HCRF Research Review Committee for review and approval. HCRF staff will explain the procedures related to any testing to be conducted in the HCRF prior initiation of any test.
  • If the faculty member and/or their students want to assist in data collection, they must complete all necessary university, HCRF, and related lab/center training and compliance requirements and be listed on the IRB as study personnel.
  • Data collected by the HCRF for FFS activities will be managed and stored at the HCRF as per approved IRB under the supervision of the service-conducting HCRF PI.
  • Faculty and/or sponsors who requested the FFS activity will have access to non-personally identifiable data for independent analysis and publication.
  • The HCRF will be acknowledged in all publications resulting from FFS activities as the site of data collection.
  • The faculty and/or sponsor will be billed monthly for testing services performed, non-budgeted supplies, and participant stipends.