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Request a Letter of Support from UR CTSI

Need a letter of support from the UR CTSI or boilerplate language for your grants? The UR CTSI can help you with that. See below for steps to request these materials, and check out some helpful guidance documents related to rigor and reproducibility, human subject protection and NIH grant formats.


Are you using a URMC research resource and need to describe it in your grant application? The UR CSTI Research Help Desk can provide you with up-to-date and pre-approved boilerplate language for:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research language for K and T awards
  • Facilities and Resources documents for centers, departments and other resources across the University of Rochester
  • Human Subjects Protection Plans

Get Started

Please use the following process and template to obtain a letter of support from the UR CTSI.

  1. Download the current letter of support template.
  2. Modify the template with your project-specific information.
  3. Email your drafted letter of support along with your specific aims page to
  4. Research Help will work with you to create a final version of the letter for review and signature by a UR CTSI director.

Note: If your grant involves use of the CTSA Program for multicenter investigations, you need to provide a full copy of the grant. If there are particular requirements that the letter should address, please let us know.


Below are resources and guidance for grant preparation.

Rigor and Reproducibility

The UR CTSI is devoted to helping teams conduct research with the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility. Below is a list of resources to help researchers meet NIH guidelines that ensure unbiased and well-controlled experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and results reporting.

Human Subject Protection Plan

Are you doing human subjects research as defined by the NIH Office of Extramural Research? Use this tool to find out and peruse for more information on human subjects research pre- and post-award processes, clinical trial requirements for grants and contracts, policies, regulations and more.

NRSA Training Grants

The URMC Office of Graduate Education offers an NRSA Training Grant Materials Sharepoint site that includes institutional information needed for training grant applications, samples of training grant narratives, sample letters of support, and more. (*You must be on the URMC network to access this webpage.)


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