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Our Mission

The OCR supports the administration of clinical trials carried out by the University of Rochester Medical Center and its faculty and staff to ensure they comply with rules and regulations and produce successful outcomes. By streamlining the processes behind clinical research, we hope to empower our clinical research teams to do more high-impact clinical trials that can advance clinical discovery and offer patients and community members more options and opportunities.

How will we do that?

  • Faster approval of clinical trials
  • Helping researchers create well-constructed, standardized budgets
  • Monitoring progress with a clinical trial management system
  • Improved recruitment and retention of clinical trial volunteers
  • Assisting with regulatory compliance
  • Increasing public engagement, awareness and satisfaction with URMC clinical trials

Our Service Lines


The OCR is leading a URMC-wide initiative to streamline the administrative work that happens on the back end of clinical trials. The initiative, called Embark, will help research teams spend more time with study participants and patients. As part of the initiative, URMC is rolling out the OnCore clinical trial management system and supporting software.

Learn more about Embark.

Metrics & Feasibility

The OCR is also in the process of developing a service line to help clinical research teams assess the feasibility of proposed clinical studies and develop meaningful metrics to help guide how they manage their clinical studies. This service line will also help teams navigate the hurdles and pitfalls of study start up and will provide enterprise-wide reports to help teams benchmark their success or progress.

Research Finance

The OCR will also help manage clinical research finances from start to finish. Before funding is awarded, our team will help you determine Medicaid/Medicare coverage, analyze study cost and timeline, negotiate budgets with study sponsors, and enter budget information into the OnCore clinical trial management system. After funding is awarded, we will help with invoicing, revenue reconciliations, service center payments, review of patient’s accounts, and more.