Research Support

CTSI-CN offers an expansive portfolio of services, resources, and tools to help investigators and research teams design and conduct clinical and translational research. Explore the catalog of expertise, services, and resources available through CTSI-CN to learn more about our research-accelerating capabilities.

Research Design

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

The PhD-level faculty and Master’s degree-trained biostatisticians and data managers supported by CTSI-CN BERD unit bring decades of expertise in research design to our research community. They provide comprehensive support to help investigators plan, implement, and analyze studies requiring quantitative methods and sophisticated data management. Visit the BERD page to learn more about these services and request four free hours of support for your project.

Team Science

Multidisciplinary research teams produce more publications, publish in a wider range of outlets, and generate more innovative products than solo scientists. CTSI-CN promotes team science by offering our research community expertise and funding to increase the amount, productivity, and impact of multidisciplinary approaches applied toward novel solutions to improve health and Health Equity. Visit the Team Science page to learn more about our services and activities.

Community Engagement

CTSI-CN actively engages our community in research through long-term, bi-directional partnerships with clinical and community organizations in the Washington, DC, area. Our experts offer guidance and resources to help our investigators employ scientific processes that are equitable and designed to lead to sustainable changes in community health. Visit the Community Engagement page to learn more about our services and activities.

Feasibility and Cohort Discovery

Successful implementation of a good research design hinges on the ability to recruit enough patients to carry out the research. CTSI-CN offers tools and guidance to help investigators determine at the development stage whether there is an existing patient population that will make their research design feasible. Visit the Recruitment page to learn more about our tools and services.

Proposal Development

A well-designed research study is only the first part of the research process. Turning your proposed research into a compelling proposal takes time and many careful considerations. Visit the Proposal Development page to access resources and education to help in creating a fundable proposal.

Conducting Research

Clinical Trial Support Services

For investigators and research teams requiring supplementary support for their clinical trials, CTSI-CN offers an easily accessible suite of services through our Participant and Clinical Interactions (PCI) group. Investigators at Children’s National can utilize the services of our highly skilled team of research nurses and coordinators, process samples through our laboratory services, and receive consultative support on everything from study design and budget development to study closure. Visit the Clinical Trial Support page to learn more about our range of services.

Data Resources and Access

CTSI-CN offers facilitated access to a portfolio of local and national data sources to enable and support collaborative research and advance innovation in clinical and translational research. From accessing health records to utilizing large national datasets, our dedicated team of informaticians and data scientists help investigators harness the growing power of health data resources to enable scientific progress. Visit the Data Resources and Access page to learn more about our range of resources and services.


Through our support of the Children’s Research Institute Bioinformatics Unit, CTSI-CN offers essential bioinformatics services to the Children’s National research community. The Bioinformatics Unit provides a range of services to our investigators, including experimental design consultation, genomic sequencing capabilities, grant technical writing support, and data analysis services. Visit the Bioinformatics page to learn more about our range of resources and services.

Regulatory Support

A major key to accelerating research is ensuring minimal time is spent addressing regulatory roadblocks. CTSI-CN offers educational resources, tools, and knowledgeable support to help investigators anticipate potential time-wasting stoppages, avoid costly mistakes, and practice research in a safe and ethical manner. Visit the Regulatory Support page to learn more about our range of resources and services.

Multi-Site Trial Support

As part of the nationwide CTSA Network, CTSI-CN has the experience and connections to help investigators participate in multi-site clinical trials. Visit the Multi-Site Trials page for more information.

Clinical Research Management System

CTSI-CN has facilitated the implementation of OnCore, a clinical research management system (CRMS), at both GW and Children's National Hospital. For more information on the features and benefits of this CRMS, visit the Clinical Research Management System page.

Recruitment & Retention

Recruiting and retaining patients is a critical and difficult element of performing clinical and translational research. CTSI-CN provides investigators and research teams with intuitive recruitment tools and techniques that can help ensure studies produce relevant and accurate results. Visit the Recruitment & Retention page for more information on these tools and resources.