Resources for Clinical Researchers

Services & Support

Online Resources 

Clinical Research Checklists
  • Navigating the clinical research environment can be complex. Access these customized checklists to help get your clinical research study up-and-running here.

CIHR Project Grant Application Guide
  • This document will guide you through developing your CIHR project grant application, along with all of the supports and services available (Ualberta sign-in required).
  • Access the complementary checklist here.
Writing Research in Plain English
  • It is critical that plain language is used when communicating your research to the public. Access a new tutorial developed by the SPOR Clinical Trials Platform on how to write your research in lay terms. Access the slides here.
The Importance of Patient Engagement
  • Engaging patients in health research is critical in the context of patient oriented research. Learn more about why patients engage in research and how you can leverage the SPOR Patient Engagement Platform here


General Research Support

ACRC: The Alberta Clinical Research Consortium
NACTRC: The Northern Alberta Clinical Trials & Research Centre
  • NACTRC offers administrative and operational support to researchers starting up their clinical research studies. 
  • Login for support


Grant Support

GAP: Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences)
NACTRC Grant Development Support Fund
  • Financial support is available from the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) for developing applications to highly competitive grant competitions in pillars 2 to 4. 
  • Full details available here.


Patient Recruitment Support

HABIT: Marketing, Branding & Web Design
  • Habit can facilitate the prospective recruitment of participants into research by developing unique and engaging digital communications for the public; see examples of past recruitment projects (IBS).
  • Trial recruitment packages
  • Please note the FoMD does not endorse Habit; this is an example of a company we have worked with in the past to facilitate participant recruitment.

Be The Cure: A Platform to Engage Patients and the Public in Research
  • At Be The Cure, patients and the public can get involved and learn more about participating in research.
  • Sign up here


Secondary Data Access

SAGE: Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence
  • SAGE is a collaborative data repository platform from PolicyWise for Children & Families that connects stakeholders through secondary use of data. 
  • The SAGE team offers a broad array of services that support data management, secondary use of data, and knowledge mobilization.
  • Contact:


Community-Based Research Support 

MobLab: Mobile Laboratory at the University of Alberta
  • The Mobile Laboratory is a rentable unit that can facilitate clinical research in remote and 'hard to reach' communities. 
  • Learn more about the features and advantages of the MobLab.
  • Contact: Deepika Jadhav


Research Services

ARCHE: Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence

  • ARCHE offers knowledge synthesis consultation and implementation services to researchers.
  • Apply for services

EPICORE: Epidemiology Coordinating and Research Centre

  • EPICORE offers services related to the conduct of clinical trials, including design of protocols and case report forms, and data management and analysis. 
  • Contact: Dr. Yazid Al Hamarneh

HREB: Health Research Ethics Board

  • The University of Alberta has two Health Research Ethics Boards that provide ethical review for non-invasive (health panel) and invasive (biomedical panel) health research. 
  • Start your ethics submission

HREBA-CC: Health Research Ethics Board - Cancer Committee

  • HREBA-CC provides scientific and ethical review of all cancer-related protocols involving human participants in the province of Alberta.  
  • Start your ethics submission

QMCR: The Office of Quality Management in Clinical Research

  • The QMCR offers resources to support the conduct of clinical trials, such as training for research staff and facilitating regulatory approvals with Health Canada.
  • Contact: Scott Jamieson

SPOR: Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Support Units

  • SPOR supports researchers conducting patient-oriented research by providing access to experts, knowledge, and research support services across seven platforms, including career development, consultation & research services, data, knowledge translation, methods support & development, patient engagement, and pragmatic clinical trials. The SPOR platforms, which are located at both the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, help researchers to accelerate their research from initial concept through to analysis and knowledge translation.
  • As part of the Data Platform, researchers can access secondary analysis of existing datasets (inventory of available datasets). 
  • Apply for services

WCHRI: The Women & Children's Health Research Institute

  • WCHRI offers project consultation and implementation services to it's members and projects that align with their mission.
  • Apply for services