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Research Professional Pathways

KU Medical Center has drawn on best practices and trends in the field, including the work of the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency, to develop the Research Professional Pathways and Competency Domain Framework. This framework defines domains that organize concepts and skills and provide competency levels, aligning research personnel skills and knowledge across campus and providing resources for professional development and growth.

Research Domains

There are eight domains within the competency framework.


Sample Concepts

Research Enterprise

University research infrastructure, internal organizational structures, policies and procedures.

Scientific Concepts & Research Design

Study design, clinical trial phases, study protocols.

Data Management & Informatics

Good documentation practices, statistics, data capture.

Participant Safety &
Ethical Considerations

Informed consent, Institutional Review Board processes, research integrity.

Research Systems & Operations

Processes, workflows, technology and applications.

Study & Site

Roles and responsibilities, audits and monitoring visits, study feasibility.

Professionalism &
Team Dynamics

Team science, conflict resolution, communications, leadership.

Specializations &
Focus Areas

Dedicated and supplemental training related to department, role or functional assignments.


Clinical Research Foundations

The Clinical Research Foundations training program is the onboarding and foundational training program for clinical research personnel at KU Medical Center. This program provides comprehensive training across the pimary competency domains to establish a consistent baseline knowledge and skill level for all personnel. This program is available to both University and Health System personnel; learn more on the Clinical Research Foundations intranet page.

Research Administration

University of Kansas Medical Center
Research Administration
Mailstop 1039
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Office Location: Support Services Building, Suite 120
Phone: 913-588-1261
Fax: 866-255-2129