Clinical Investigation Center

Investigator Resources


Forms (Consent, Hospital Impact, more)

Client consent forms must contain standard information. A sample can be downloaded on the FORMS page.

Grant-related information

Funding opportunities and resources
Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) – All externally funded projects must go through SPA and require a Proposal Routing Form (PRF).

  • SPA
  • EGMS (Electronic Grants Management System) for Proposal Routing Form (PRF)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

All studies involving animals must have an approved ACUP (Animal Care and Use Protocol).  Allow one - two months for this process!

Required training (all study staff)

All personnel listed as having animal contact on an IACUC application must have the following training/certifications:


Required Principal Investigator Training

All faculty or clinicians who intend to be a Principal Investigator (PI) on a study that has outside sponsorship must complete training called Responsible Conduct of Research. 

Visit the University of Minnesota's Research Education & Oversight webpage

Residents and graduate students serving as PI on internally funded grants do not need this training.

Read IACUC training and approvals above for more required training.

Statistical Support

  • Statistical consulting is now available for all college researchers at no charge, thanks to an investment by the three CVM departments, the Dean for Research, and the Dean for Academic Affairs. This includes assistance with writing grant proposals, designing studies, analyzing data, interpreting results, writing reports and papers, and responding to reviewers. Researchers at any stage are welcome, though beginning a consulting relationship at the design stage is recommended as potential later difficulties can often be avoided. Aaron Rendahl, Manager of the UMN Statistical Consulting Service, is the main consultant, with a part-time office in 295B AS/VM. Email Aaron at

  • Biostatistics, Design and Analysis Center. Offered through the Academic Health Center, fee-based services range from data entry up through design. Your initial contact with them at grant-writing stage is at no charge.

  • The Statistical Consulting Service. Depending on availability, researchers may also see additional consultants in the St. Paul Consulting Service office, 48B McNeal. To make an appointment, email

  • Masonic Cancer Center. Members can get consulting on writing proposal; if funded, budget for their services. Any research that relates to cancer can qualify. 


The Comparative Pathology Shared Resource (a part of the Cancer Center) provides pathology support and expertise on a fee-for-service basis.