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What is clinical research?
Clinical research is defined by the NIH as:
Clinical research may be conducted via a grant or contract mechanism. A grant is primarily an award of financial assistance transferred to a recipient to carry out a project, program or training. This website will address the conduct of clinical research primarily through a grant mechanism. However, many of the same principles apply to contracts as well.
A contract is a written proposal by an individual or non-federal organization, usually in response to a request for proposals. It consists of a technical and a business proposal, including a description of the project and its costs, and the methods, personnel, and facilities to carry it out. Please go to Contract Opportunities and Procedures for more detail on writing a contract proposal.
Page Last Updated: February 2011