The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) has launched a new initiative to develop competency standards for clinical research coordinators (CRCs) as part of a larger effort to advance the professionalism of the clinical research workforce. The project will establish minimum standards regarding the knowledge and skill required for entry-level study coordinators and create a hierarchy of competencies focused on performance rather than longevity. Pathways needed for CRCs to advance their careers will be clearly defined and ACRP will develop tools to assess job proficiency, identify gaps and provide training.
NIH’s drive to pull minorities into all facets of research
Health disparities are an important public policy concern, and one that particularly impacts clinical trials. In its continuing effort to carry out research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities, the NIH, through its National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), has launched two new funding initiatives. In the first, the NIMHD is funding seven new awards—adding up to approximately $122 million in funding over five years—to support the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Specialized Centers Program.
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