Resources for Researchers

A downloadable list of external funding opportunities: Updated March 18th

Researchers, please note:

The IRB now requires documentation of scientific review. All investigators submitting applications to the IRB must complete and attach the appropriate acknowledgement of review, which can be found at

The Department of Surgery has created a Protocol Review Committee to provide scientific review for those protocols that do not have previous review.

If Department review is required, please complete the Department Review form. You can also contact Lisa Rogers for more information.

Completing grant applications

EGMS (Electronic Grants Management System)

The Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS) is a series of databases with a Web front-end that you can use to complete proposal forms for submission to sponsors and University forms related to sponsored projects or research.

SPA (Sponsored Projects Administration)

The Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is the University of Minnesota's system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters.

Conducting research


eResearch Central is a central location where researchers and their staff can access the University's electronic research-related documents and forms.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) supports researchers in the early stages of translational research via funding, consultations, and connections to resources and services.

OVPR (Office of the Vice President for Research)

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) oversees all aspects of research at the University of Minnesota's five campuses, providing guidance to individual researchers and managing the system-wide research enterprise.

Managing Sponsored Projects Manual

Managing Sponsored Projects presents vital information regarding the management of sponsored funds at the University of Minnesota and is an essential reference for anyone responsible for such funds at the University.

Oversight Model/Roles and Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for submitting proposals and for executing and administering awards tests with the Regents of the University of Minnesota. However, many of these responsibilities are delegated to various units and individuals within the institution.

Using Fairview resources

Research Administration

The Fairview Research Administration Department provides a range of services integral to the research process such as: regulatory support and consultation; contract review and signing; research pricing and billing; and budget development.

TASCS (Time And Study Collection System)

Time And Study Collection System (TASCS) is Fairview's clinical research budgeting and billing system. Prior to creating a budget including Fairview resources, pricing must be obtained from Fairview, and a copy of the TASCS study number must be submitted with the PRF.

Lab Information

Fairview has made available on their website normal lab values, certifications, and other information that may be required by funding agencies supporting clinical research.

Fairview Access Form (PDF)

In order to access Fairview Systems, including medical records, non-Fairview employees must complete a request for access form.


Fairview-employed Investigators, unaffiliated Investigators and other key personnel conducting research with Fairview patients, records, specimens, systems & resources who are involved with recruiting, consenting or data collection/abstraction must complete the required Investigator Education training. Training must be completed once every three years.

Other Forms

Fairview has made available a number of research-related request forms on their website.


The Fairview Research Resources website includes information about Fairview research policies, glossary of terms, and contact information.

Added Funding opportunities

Federal is the federal government's single online portal for searching and applying for grants from all federal agencies.


CoS (Community of Science)

The Community of Science (CoS) provides a comprehensive search engine for all available grant opportunities.

Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Directory Online offers full-text search capability across a comprehensive array of documents and data concerning U.S. grantmaking.

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network)

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) is a searchable database for federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities.


Academic Health Center

The Academic Health Center (AHC) maintains a list of internal funding opportunities.

Graduate School

The Graduate School maintains a list of awards and funding opportunities, both internal and external, that require University nomination.

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.