Resources & Events for Researchers

Research support:

The University of Washington and UW Medicine offer a wide range of services designed to directly support the work of researchers.


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The Clinical Research Budgeting and Billing (CRBB) Office assists clinical research teams with the pricing, compliance, and billing tasks for clinical studies using UW Medicine facilities or UWP physicians.

CRBB Scope

The scope of clinical research studies that must be reviewed by CRBB are those that are contracted through the University of Washington that include clinical services, items or tests that are provided by UW Physicians, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or UW Medicine hospitals or clinics, including UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Eastside Specialty Center, Hall Health Primary Care Center and Sports Medicine Clinic.

General

crbb@u.washington.edu
206.543.7774
206.543.8501 (fax)

Clinical Research Billing

crbills@u.washington.edu
206.543.9006
Clinical Research Budgeting
crbudget@u.washington.edu

Physical Location

UW Medicine at South Lake Union
Administrative Bldg, 3rd Floor
815 Mercer St.

Seattle, WA 98109-4714 

Mailing Address

Box 358048
Seattle, WA 98195-8048

Responsibilities

CRBB provides centralized pre- and post-award support for investigators and research staff and is responsible for:

  • Establishing and maintaining procedures for clinical research budgeting and billing
  • Providing education and outreach regarding clinical research billing procedures 
  • Providing technical assistance, advice, tools and resources to PIs, study coordinators, staff at study sites and department administrators regarding third party payer reimbursement, budget development and billing, and Clinical Trials Policy (CTP) coverage analyses
  • Allocating study charges to research study accounts
  • Maintaining inventories of clinical research studies and study subjects reported by research study teams
  • Reporting unresolved billing concerns to appropriate compliance offices 

Additionally, CRBB is working in collaboration with the other UW research offices to simplify clinical research study start up processes and improve communications. 

CRBB is committed to providing researchers with the best service possible and to ensuring success in the clinical research efforts at the UW and its many sites of practice. 

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Clinical research training and development

Faculty online clinical trials policy training is provided to ensure all UW Medicine faculty have uniform knowledge about the regulations governing clinical research, understand the internal processes used to maintain research billing compliance, and understand research requirements for patient health records.

Clinical Tri​als Guidance and Policy​ – More detail on the administrative start-up process for clinical trials and other practical information relating to clinical research.

Clinical Research Staff (CRS) Training

UW Medicine's CRS training is mandatory for all staff with job responsibilities related to clinical research involving human subjects. Training ensures clinical research is administered in a compliant and consistent manner and offers the best possible protections to our patient participants, to the scientific principles under investigation, and to the University at large.

The UW School of Medicine Clinical Research Coordinator Peer Network (CRCPN) is a resource to front-line clinical research staff, providing UW-specific training and networking.


The Clinical Trial Management System Program Office (CTMS) is a single, centralized, web-based enterprise resource spanning the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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The School of Medicine Grants Review Unit within the Office of Research and Graduate Education reviews UW School of Medicine proposals to ensure that they meet both UW and UW Medicine requirements.

The Grants Review Unit also partners with the UW Office of Research to coordinate funding opportunities which limit the number of applicants accepted​​.

The UW School of Medicine Research Administrator Peer Network (RAPN) offers bimonthly opportunities to train and discuss pre- and post-award job responsibilities.

The Office of Research and the School of Medicine have complementary Training Grant guidance materials to address pre-award and post-award responsibilities.


Assistance recruiting participants for research studies is provided by the Institute of Translational Health Science. UW researchers can post their research studies to the site, and potential volunteers can search for studies that apply to them.

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The Institute of Translational Health Sciences Resource Directory connects researchers with tools, technologies, laboratories and services available throughout the five-state Pacific Northwest region.

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UW CoMotion, the University's technology transfer office, is available for researchers to report an innovation, explore commercialization strategies, and to discuss intellectual property issues. CoMotion can help UW researchers maximize the impact of their work without compromising research goals.

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Faculty, staff and student contact information, office directory, UW degree validation, postal addresses and box numbers.

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The UW Health Sciences Library is an outstanding, state-of-the-art resource center for students and faculty, offering many tools and resources for researchers including publications and citation databases, tools for translational researchers and help assessing publication impact.

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The UW MyResearch Project Lifecycle site, available for free to all UW researchers, is a planning resource that helps researchers track all the activities involved in the entire lifecycle of a research project. The site is continuously improved as UW system enhancements are launched.

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Community and events:

UW's research community is vibrant, diverse, collaborative and committed to scientific advancement and education. The Office of Research and Graduate Education facilitates a number of learning opportunities throughout the year, listed below. UW Medicine's academic departmental sites offer further opportunities.


The Bioscience Careers Seminars are an interdepartmental series introducing graduate students and post-docs to a wide range of careers in biological and biomedical sciences. These student-organized seminars host monthly speakers from various fields across the biosciences who have chosen paths outside of academia.

Invited speakers share their career experience and advise students about how their training led to jobs in their field, salary expectations, competitiveness and demand for their work. The seminars are informal and open to all students and post-docs. The seminar closes with a brief reception and refreshments allowing the speaker and participants the opportunity for 1:1 conversations.

Visit Bioscience Careers for more information about upcoming lectures or to view previous lectures.


The Clinical Research Coordinators Peer Network is jointly facilitated by members of the Clinical Trials Office/ITHS Research Coordinator Core and the UW Medicine Clinical Research Budget and Billing Office. It serves as an ongoing forum for information sharing, best practices, and topical presentations. 

Visit the CRC Peer Network Forum for more information.


The Future Faculty Fellows Program prepares postdoctoral scientists for successful careers that combine research, service, mentoring, and teaching. Historically this two-day workshop on career development has been closely linked with the Science Teaching Experience for Post-Docs (STEP) apprenticeship, which provides a faculty-mentor experience in designing and teaching an undergraduate course. Postdocs can attend only the workshop or both the workshop and the teaching apprenticeship. Both consistently receive high marks from participants.

Next year's Future Faculty Fellows Workshop is scheduled for:

June 17-18, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

The workshop is free and open to any postdoctoral fellow in their second year or beyond from the UW, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and Seattle Children's Research Institute. The workshop is directed by Dr. Chet Moritz, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, and by Dr. Rosana Risques, Assistant Professor of Pathology.

For more information on the workshop, please contact fffp@uw.edu.


The UW Medicine Inventor of the Year awards honor outstanding UW research scientists whose inventions have had a major positive effect on both healthcare and our local economy. Each year, the Inventor of the Year selection committee solicits nominations from department chairs and administrators which are then reviewed based on the following criteria:​

  • Number of lives saved or improved.
  • Biomedical impact of the invention.
  • Contribution to the bioscience sector.
  • Contributions to the UW CoMotion mission to extend the impact of University of Washington research through the creation of partnerships that encourage investment in innovation.
  • Contributions to the UW School of Medicine faculty community. 

The 2018 Inventor of the Year Award honored Thomas S. Lendvay, M.D., for his work around telerobotic surgical technologies and the role virtual reality simulators have on the technical performance of surgeons. Dr. Lendvay co-invented UW spin-out company Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills (C-SATS, Inc.—acquired by Johnson & Johnson). It leverages anonymous crowds of non-medically trained people to assess the technique of surgeons, providing the service to hospitals interested in quality improvement for their providers.

The 2017 Inventor of the Year Awards honored Christy McKinney, Ph.D., MPH and Michael Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D. for their collaborative work inventing the NIFTY Cup. The NIFTY cup has the potential to help 15 million infants who are born with breastfeeding difficulties each year worldwide.

For more information about the awards, please contact Mary Downes (somevent@uw.edu) or 206.221.5807.

Nominations due March 15. Send name of nominee and invention to Mary Downes at somevent@uw.edu. The Inventor of the Year will be announced in June 2019.

Previous Award Winners

The Inventor of the Year Awards honor outstanding UW research scientists whose innovations have had a major, positive effect on both healthcare and our local economy. The 2017 Inventor of the Year Awards honored Christy McKinney, Ph.D., MPH and Michael Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D. for their collaborative work inventing the NIFTY Cup. The NIFTY cup has the potential to help 15 million infants who are born with breastfeeding difficulties each year worldwide.

These recent honorees join many other exemplary research scientists also recognized with an Inventor of the Year Award. See the complete list of Inventor of the Year Award recipients since 2004: Inventor of the Year 2017-2004 (PDF) See the complete list of Inventor of the Year Award recipients since 2004: Inventor of the Year 2017-2004 (PDF) See a complete list of Lifetime Innovators whose legacy impacts future generations of research: Lifetime Innovators thru 2015 (PDF)

Contact

If you have any questions about the Inventor of the Year Awards please contact somevent@uw.edu or 206.221.5807.


The Research Administration Peer Resource Group, led by the School of Medicine, supports research administrators and others involved in pre-award and post-award management. The network discuss topics, provides information, and offers peer resources that are relevant to School of Medicine research administration needs. Others from the UW research community are welcome to participate in the network discussions. Visit the Research Administration Peer Resource Group website for additional information, resources, and discussion forums. Subscribe to the Research Administration Peer Resource Group mailing list to stay informed of meeting topics and locations.


The Science in Medicine Lecture Series has been providing UW researchers the opportunity to share findings within and outside their fields since 1976. Science in Medicine presenters are nominated by members of the UW scientific community and final selection is determined by a committee of peers from the Council on Research and Graduate Education.

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The Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs (STEP) educational opportunity engages a diverse pool of postdoctoral fellows at the University of Washington and affiliate institutions in a closely mentored apprenticeship to learn how to teach scientifically with inclusive, demonstrably effective, student-centered pedagogies. The postdocs work in teams of three to co-design and co-teach their courses. Each team delivers a 10-week, special topics seminar course for UW undergraduates at UW Bothell and UW Seattle campuses. Interested postdocs may also wish to apply for the UW Medicine Future Faculty Fellows Program.

For more information on the STEP program, please contact program director Dr. Becca Price (beccap@uw.edu).


The SLU Collaborative Seminar Series is held each quarter, with events hosted at Fred Hutch, on the UW Campus, at SCCA, Seattle Children’s Hospital and elsewhere. A partnership between UW Medicine, Allen Institute and Fred Hutch, it’s a forum for networking and idea sharing to promote synergy among research and tech partners in the South Lake Union (SLU) neighborhood and beyond.

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