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New tool kit navigates research enterprise 

The South Carolina Clinical (SCTR) & Translational Research Institute (CTSA) recently added a new online organizational research tool for scientists and research personnel that’s an easy, reliable resource as individuals understand research at MUSC.
“The new tool kit is a culmination of more than a year’s worth of work spent on organizing and providing a practical tool that users can access,” said Stephen Skelton, SCTR grants navigator. “It’s organized much like the life cycle of a research study award and the steps in-between to guide users from finding funding information, grant proposal submissions to the dissemination of results. It pulls together both campuswide and federal resources into one place. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for our users.” 
The tool kit was created in collaboration with the Offices of the Associate Provost for Research and the SCTR Success Center. The Web page features navigational tabs to help users identify topics and updated information to assist staff through the research process. Just recently, the tool kit was beta tested to coordinators, administrators and staff at all levels of both the university and medical center to measure for accuracy, functionality and appropriate content.
“This is great for investigators who are new to MUSC research on campus and don’t yet understand the research process. We’ve provided new links to guide researchers and customizable effort,” Skelton continued.
“Building this tool kit from the ground up was a positive experience that so many people really wanted on campus,” said Loretta Lynch-Reichert, operations manager of research administration, Office of the Associate Provost for Research. “Our hope is to make it both a functional and seamless tool for everyone to utilize.”
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery newcomer Michelle Edwards’ days are busy as a study program coordinator currently managing five different hearing research studies as part of her program.
“Like the Success Center, the tool kit has everything one needs to manage research activities,” said Edwards. “It's a convenience that's been helpful to me in managing multiple studies.”
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Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

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