Research is fundamental to the mission of Partners HealthCare. Partners supports the research activities at our member institutions by facilitating administrative, financial, and regulatory requirements of our research efforts. The departments at Partners that support the research enterprise at our hospitals are listed below. Additionally, there are hospital-specific support offices – for more information on those, visit the research hospitals in the global navigation pane.
Partners Research Management (RM) supports researchers and hospital departments with grants, contracts, finance, systems, core facilities, analytics and industry-sponsored clinical research.
The Pre-Award team provides support and assistance to Principal Investigators (PIs) and Department Administrators (DAs) as they prepare proposals for submission to external sponsors. In addition, they are responsible for the Just-in-Time and Progress Report processes. The Pre-Award team works closely with colleagues on RM's Post-Award, Contracts and Research Finance teams to support these research projects throughout various stages in the lifecycle of a grant.
The Post-Award team serves as the liaison between Principal Investigators (PIs) and sponsors once awards have been issued and to review and negotiate incoming agreements from foundations and non-profit institutions and contracts from federal and state agencies as well as all modifications related to these awards.
Research Finance partners with Principal Investigators (PIs) and Department Administrators (DAs) to manage the financial activity through control and review of all research-related transactions. This includes report preparation and distribution, grant and contract billing, receivables management, indirect cost review and cash management. This office acts as a liaison between Research Management and the broader Partners Finance organization.
PeopleSoft is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system used to track and manage business resources. The various modules allow for financial, procurement, grant and human resource/payroll management. PeopleSoft facilitates the flow of business functions between various internal departments, as well as managing connections to outside vendors and other Partners' software applications.
Partners Clinical Trials Office (CTO) is responsible for developing, negotiating and executing agreements and budgets for industry-sponsored clinical research at many Partners entities including BWH, MGH, Faulkner, Newton-Wellesley and Spaulding Rehabilitation hospitals and Partners Community Healthcare, Inc.
The shared interdepartmental facilities at Partners bring state-of-the-art instrumentation, methodologies and expertise crucial to the promotion of research at Partners. The Research Core Facilities team assists Core Facility directors and Principal Investigators (PIs) with business planning and financial compliance with federal regulation and applicable sponsor and Partners policies.
The RM Analytics & Reporting team provides financial reporting, strategic analysis and budget support to Partners and hospital senior leadership regarding research operations. In addition, the group is responsible for preparing cost analysis and cost proposals related to the F&A negotiation, fringe rate agreements and patient care costs for research.
The Research Applications Group is responsible for supporting the administrative systems required to manage the Partners biomedical research portfolio. The group's applications provide the core features necessary for the administration of research throughout Partners – human studies oversight, grants and contracts processing, and animal program management and include InfoEd, Insight and MicroStrategy.
Partners HealthCare Innovation coordinates industrial relationships and IP management across Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital. Innovation is a cohesive, coordinated group servicing medical inventors, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and industry. Their goal is to take medical inventions and innovationsdiscovered by Partners HealthCare researchers and provide the appropriate support and infrastructure to allow technology development, commercialization and, ultimately, the development of products to benefit patients.
RISC supports research by providing scientific services and technology, a centralized clinical data registry, genomics IT, specimen banking, and administrative systems. These specialized applications, processes and resources support basic, biomedical and clinical research missions across the academic medical centers of Partners HealthCare.
A number of offices and committees within Partners, BWH and MGH are involved with the oversight of research projects. Read on to learn more about their roles and responsibilities.
The Partners Human Research Committee (PHRC) is the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Partners HealthCare. The PHRC must approve all human-subject research conducted by a Partners-affiliated investigator.
The Partners Human Research Quality Improvement (QI) Program is committed to providing on-going support and education to the research community. The knowledgeable staff works closely with the research community to ensure optimal conduct of human research within the framework of federal regulations, institutional policies, and good clinical practice.
The PIBC is the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for Partners HealthCare. The PIBC reviews biological research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA), infectious agents, human and non-human primate materials, and biological toxins conducted at Partners.
The Office for Interactions with Industry (OII) oversees, administers, and educates staff about all policies relating to interactions with industry and conflicts of interest. While valuable and encouraged by Partners, relationships with industry can raise the concern that the financial and other aspects of the relationship may create conflicts of interest that can bias, or appear to bias, how Partners and individuals at Partners carry out their charitable activities. OII facilitates the establishment of relationships with industry in such a way that minimize the risk of bias.
The Partners Research Compliance Office supports the research mission of Partners and its affiliates. This office is a component of the Partners Compliance and Business Integrity Department, which promotes adherence to regulatory requirements and supports the development of ethical business practices throughout all of Partners.
It is the expectation of Partners HealthCare and its affiliated hospitals that all members of the PHS research community will perform their research in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards. Principal Investigators, as leaders of scientific projects, are responsible for the scientific integrity of work undertaken in their laboratories and for mentoring the investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and students who work on these projects. Educating staff, fellows, and students in research best practices is the foundation for discouraging scientific misconduct and promoting research integrity.
Partners HealthCare is committed to advancing a culture of compliance and scientific integrity among its investigators, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and research administrators. Although rare, instances of research misconduct may arise. When they do, it is the responsibility of the research community to see they are addressed appropriately.