Determination as to what extent a research project will be supported will be determined by the CTRC Oversight Committee.
A research protocol is designated as one of the following categories:
- Category A Studies: Study initiated by a senior investigator** (NIH/Grant, Foundation, Network studies, Department sponsored, or unfunded research). This category of studies pays 50% of the CTRC level of care fee.
- Category B Studies: Study initiated by an early stage investigator* (NIH/Grant, Foundation, Network studies, Department sponsored, or unfunded research). This category of studies pays 25% of the CTRC level of care fee.
- Category D Studies: Study initiated by an investigator or industry and sponsored by industry. This category of studies pays 100% of the CTRC level of care fee.
**A principal investigator is considered a "senior investigator" if he/she completed his/her terminal research degree or medical residency (or the equivalent) more than 10 years ago. All associate and full professors are considered "senior investigators."
Investigator-initiated studies are generally funded by a non-profit, state, or government agency; however in some cases, studies may also receive industry funding. For multi-center studies, UNC does not have to be the coordinating center; however; the research must meet ALL of the following criteria to receive a designation as an Investigator-initiated protocol:
- The research is within the investigators’ area(s) of academic research interest.
- The investigator(s) have had substantial input into protocol design for the proposed protocol and take responsibility for the quality of the protocol.
- The principal investigator will have full control of the data and will be the responsible author for all major publications that result from the research.
Industry-initiated studies are those in which an industry sponsor has approached an investigator to conduct a study where the protocol design was initiated by the sponsor and the investigator and study expenses are paid for by the industry sponsor.