Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC)

Research Support

The CRSC brings resources together in a single, centralized, and convenient location to help researchers navigate the University of Minnesota clinical research process and specifically to assist with the administration of a research study from feasibility assessment to project initiation. 

The Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC) provides a cross-functional team-based approach to guide and support the entire University of Minnesota clinical research community — especially junior investigators or investigators new to the university — through collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Vice President for Research; the Clinical and Translational Science InstituteFairview Health Services; and University of Minnesota Physicians. The CRSC aims to reduce study start-up timelines and hurdles across the complex, ever-changing clinical research environment. 

Subject matter experts from across more than 20 functional clinical research service groups are co-located in the Bio-Medical Library (Diehl Hall) and available to provide research facilitation assistance during the study start-up process and to streamline research processes, including budgeting, contracts and IRB guidance.

Support offered


CTSI resources available through the CRSC can also help on through recruitment, execution, study close-out, and publication.

The center is supported by institutional leadership and a diverse steering committee; CTSI is leading the implementation and ongoing management of the CRSC on behalf of the collaborative group.