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Research Support

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides infrastructure and resources that promote interdisciplinary research across campuses, accelerating the time it takes discoveries to benefit human health.

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Research Support Resources

Clinical Research Support Expand answer

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s clinical research support includes a detailed guidebook for conducting clinical research at Penn State College of Medicine, recruitment tools, fully staffed clinical research centers in Hershey and State College, operational resources through Trial Innovation Network and more.

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Core Facilities Expand answer

Penn State offers a variety of core facilities in University Park and at the College of Medicine in Hershey.

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Data Collection and Storage Expand answer

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies. REDCap is maintained by the REDCap Consortium, which comprises more than 600 institutional partners, including Penn State.

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Funding and Grant Support Expand answer

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports a number of funding opportunities throughout the year, including its annual pilot grant program, Bridges to Translation.

The Institute and the College of Medicine’s Research Concierge Service also work together to provide a variety of information on creating successful grant proposals.

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Penn State Research Portal (Pure) Expand answer

The Penn State Research Portal (Pure) is an open research information management system that captures and displays the research output of the University, both for investigators and units. The Pure portal is fully accessible to the public.

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Research Population Tools Expand answer

The Institute sponsors tools to help clinical researchers use existing clinical data from Penn State Health and other sources for cohort discovery. These include the ACT Network and TriNetX.

ACT Network

The Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network is a real-time platform for researchers to explore and validate the feasibility for clinical studies across the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium. ACT helps researchers design and complete clinical studies and is secure, HIPAA-compliant and IRB-approved.

Learn more about the ACT Network


TriNetX is a searchable databases of more than 1.7 million Penn State Health patient observations dating back to 1997. TriNetX includes a more user-friendly graphical interface and dedicated customer service that can help with creating queries.

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Research Recruitment Toolkit Expand answer

Understanding how to best reach your intended study population and effectively communicate to those individuals about your research are important first steps in recruitment and retention efforts. Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) offers a variety of resources to assist study teams with these efforts.

This Recruitment and Retention Toolkit provides:

  • evidence for how to successfully recruit and retain participants in research studies.
  • recruitment tools and templates for teams to access and tailor for their specific project need

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Community Health Equity & Engagement Research (CHEER) Toolkits Expand answer

Community Health Equity & Engagement Research (CHEER) Toolkits

These toolkits are available for researchers and for community members.

CHEER Toolkits

Team Science Toolbox Expand answer

The Team Science Toolbox is a set of tools and resources for forming, launching and maintaining research teams, assembled by the institute’s Community and Collaboration Core.

The toolbox tailors content to novices of team science and provides practical, pertinent team knowledge that addresses specific and common team needs and assessment methods.

Explore the Team Science Toolbox