The Clinical and Translational Science Institute will implement a new, simpler rate structure for investigators using CTSI's clinical research facilities and support staff, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Rather than paying for each procedure, research teams will pay a simple, hourly rate in 15-minute increments. The new, University-approved rate structure will charge UMN investigator-initiated studies either $60/hour for a CTSI-staffed clinic room or $25/hour for a clinic room only.
Only a few highly specialized or equipment-intensive procedures will continue to be itemized, including iDXA and pQCT scans, glucose clamps, and GFRs. Under this new policy, investigators will be charged for the use of clinic rooms at the Delaware Clinical Research Unit (DCRU) and the Masonic Clinical Research Unit (MCRU). To view the rate sheet, visit z.umn.edu/ctsirates.
CTSI made this change to make it easier for University research teams to plan and manage their budgets, and to support efforts to build a University-wide research infrastructure that's sustainable, efficient, and equitable. The change responds to feedback from University investigators and research teams, who made it clear that they want a simpler rate structure.
The new rates are still below the real cost of these services, which investigators will continue to be shielded from.
CTSI is currently assessing how the new rate structure will impact individual projects that are currently using clinic staff or space, as well as projects that have received an estimate for this kind of support but have not yet started. Affected investigators have been contacted about the change, and CTSI will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition.
The new structure only affects the rates of CTSI's Clinical Research Implementation Services (CRIS), including clinical research facilities (Delaware Clinical Research Unit and Masonic Clinical Research Unit), support staff, and procedures. It will not apply to investigators who use Clinical Research Coordinators, Research Project Managers, statisticians from our Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center, our Nutrition Research Center, or the Lillehei Clinical Research Unit (LCRU).
To learn more about the new rate structure, investigators and research teams are invited to attend a Q&A session on Nov. 20 from 1-2pm in Mayo 3-125. Refreshments will be provided. For budget assistance, contact CTSI's Research Navigator at 612.625.CTSI (2874) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or, for other questions or feedback, contact Lisa Johnson, Assistant Director of Clinical Translational Research Services, at email@example.com.