Research Navigation Map

The Research Track

Stops on the Track

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    Before starting and during your research, there are training requirements that must be completed. Training


    Consider funding opportunities when thinking about your research idea. UIC has many opportunities to obtain funding for your project, as well as information on external funding options. Funding


    Some argue that the most important aspect of a research study is its design. Thinking through each step of the research process allows investigators to determine where additional resources may be needed, identify potential deficits in the study plan, and make changes to strengthen a proposal prior to its submission. Proposal Development


    Working through the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACC) helps you comply with federal regulations, state laws and University policies regarding the involvement of animals in research. Regulatory Research Requirements


    The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the business and financial operations of the University and assists units in their daily operations- including research studies. In research, OBFS is active in the Post-Award period. Common OBFS tasks include setting up anticipation and project accounts, and budgets in Banner. Award/Contract Processing & Acceptance


    UIC has specific personnel who receive, negotiate and accept industry sponsored research awards or contracts on behalf of you and the university.Industry Sponsored Research


    Award administration begins with your notification of the award and continues until the financial and technical closeout of your grant or contract is complete. Administering Research


    Assistance and guidance is available to help you operationalize and carry-out your research protocol. Conducting Research


    Numerous policies govern the management of data and records. The University offers a variety of resources to help you manage your data. Data & Records


    The University encourages your pursuit of scientific understanding and innovation. Services are available to encourage that innovation, help you prepare and publish your study and/or facilitate effective management, transfer, and commercialization of UIC technologies and your intellectual property. Results & Dissemination


    Research responsibilities do not end when results are published. You still have financial, final progress, and invention/patent reports as well as contractual responsibilities to complete. Award Closeout Procedures

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UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Translational research is the process of turning observations about health and disease made in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals. Translational science focuses on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational research process.  The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), is the UIC hub that facilitates integration of research discoveries across the full spectrum of translation science from basic biology to population approaches for reducing disease and improving quality of life.

Research Navigation Services

The CCTS Research Navigation Service was created to help UIC clinical and translational research investigators, study coordinators, and other research personnel find the information and resources needed to foster research ideas through the university system.

Are you new to research or the research environment at UIC? Maybe you are a veteran researcher hoping to brush up on the latest grant proposal development or looking for a collaborator. The CCTS created its Research Navigation Service to help those like you bridge the gaps in their research project. 

The Research Navigation Service supports investigators in two ways: through personal consultations and the Research Map. Individual consultations with the Research Navigator, who acts as a primary point of access to CCTS services (biostatistics, ethics, regulatory, recruitment and retention, etc.), can help researchers overcome project challenges and check on progress along the way. The Navigator is reachable remotely via the web as well as in-person, allowing for rapid and flexible investigator access.  

In contrast, the Research Navigation Map is web-based resource that is accessible to any investigator at any time. 

Understanding the Research Navigation Map

The Research Navigation Map was designed to help those new to translational research navigate the entire process from training, through proposal development and regulatory compliance, to data management, dissemination  and award closeout.

Using the Navigation Map

The map track on the left applies to all translational research conducted at UIC. The Map’s linear arrangement encompasses the research processes from beginning to end, but can accessed at any point. There is general information that applies to all translational researchers and information specific to different research types.

Hover over each Map stop  icon for a quick overview of the section.  Click on the stop name to expand the section. You will also notice   and  icons at certain Map stops that are specific to animal or human subject research. Refer to Explaining the Stops for a brief description of each stop.

New investigators are encouraged to examine the content under each Map stop in order to gain a holistic view of the research process.  As you peruse the map, you may notice similar information in different places.  That is done deliberately as the research process is not linear in nature and specific resources may apply to various stages of a research project.

Are you unsure of where to start or want a better idea of a project timeline?  Would you like a personalized map? Submit a  CCTS Online Service Request for a Navigation Service consultation.