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TIN Proposal Consultation

Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH (right) and study coordinator Sarah Dermady (left) look at a tool used in their concussion research in the lab.


Are you a lead investigator of a multi-site clinical trial? Our TIN Liaison team can help you partner with the Trial Innovation Network (TIN), which will connect you with experienced clinical trialists and experts in recruitment from across the CTSA Program.

What You Get

The TIN offers a variety of resources:

  • Study Planning (Design, Budget, Timelines, Feasibility)
  • Single IRB Support
  • Standard Agreements
  • Recruitment and Retention Plan
  • Recruitment Feasibility Assessment
  • Recruitment Materials
  • Community Engagement Studio
  • EHR-Based Cohort Assessment
  • Innovations in Clinical Effectiveness Trial Design
  • Expression of Interest (EOI) for site recruitment - connects 60+ CTSA Program hubs with a single request, which takes only three weeks to complete and provides you with an aggregated response report. The request includes the following free services:
    • Budget review/feasibility assessment by the interested site PI
    • Protocol review/feasibility assessment by the interested site PI
    • Site PI identification
    • EHR-based cohort assessment of the site

Study implementation service for multi-site clinical trial

  • TIN may support the implementation of a trial by acting as the single IRB, data coordinating center, and/or clinical coordinating center. Support will be based on the needs of the trial, and the responsibilities taken on by the TIN will be discussed and agreed upon during a comprehensive consultation.
  • All costs related to those activities will be written into the grant budget before it is sent to the funder.

The Process

Full-time faculty with a study in the development phase (not yet funded) may apply for clinical trial consultations based on the need of the PI. There is no fee for an initial consultation with the TIN.

Faculty must meet with the UR CTSI TIN liaison team and obtain approval from one of the UR CTSI directors.

Request a Consultation

  • Proposals will be evaluated by the network for feasibility, potential for operational innovation, resource requirement, and ability of the TIN to deliver services/consultations.
  • Approved proposals will be assigned to a Trial Innovation Center (Duke University, University of Utah, or Johns Hopkins University) or the Recruitment Innovation Center (Vanderbilt University) and services/consultations will be provided after decisions are made.
  • Looking for more answers? Check out TIN’s proposal process and frequently asked questions.

Standard Due Dates

Please refer to the grant application cycles by NIH and check your target grant due date as early as possible. If you submit your proposal to the UR CTSI’s TIN liaison team approximately 3-6 months prior to the grant submission deadline, you would have more choices for TIN support criteria. 


All proposals submitted to the TIN are kept confidential and only disclosed to the extent necessary to provide consultation or services. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry executed The Trial Innovation Network Umbrella Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) which is effective until July 31, 2028.