Clinical Research Support Team (CReST)

Experienced study coordinators and regulatory staff to support you from study start-up through closeout

We are clinical research lifecycle experts who support a diverse community of sponsors, patients, and investigators. We connect inspiration with execution to advance science and medicine and improve human life.

CReST consists of 18 clinical research professionals, including both clinical research coordination and regulatory personnel, and clinical monitoring personnel. CReST has supported over 330 protocols and more than 70 unique investigators in 30 departments across campus. 

Through a growing and highly customizable array of services, CReST continues to support University of Colorado faculty researchers in their efforts to advance science and improve human health. We are committed to supporting the OVCR's vision. By providing human subjects research investigators with project infrastructure and operationalization support, Together, we make tomorrow's research happen.


CReST was created in 2017 as a CCTSI program to fill a gap in clinical research support for investigators and clinical research teams that did not have the capacity or experience to support all of their research operations. CReST started with only two members working on a handful of clinical studies within a single department.

CReST saw rapid growth in personnel and demand. In July 2021, CReST transitioned from operating as a CCTSI resource to become a Clinical Research Operations and Services (CROS) program within the Office for the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR). This allowed CReST to further expand support and meet the needs of the CU research community. The success of CReST would not have been possible without the substantial initial investment and support from the CCTSI.

Our Services

CReST provides a pool of experienced study coordinators, regulatory, and administrative staff to assist with clinical research study start-up, implementation, and closeout. This resource alleviates the administrative burden associated with training and managing research staff and allows investigators to pay only for the amount of effort required.

CReST also provides independent Clinical Monitoring services, 21 CFR Part 11 compliant electronic Case Report Form (eCRF) development in the Advarra Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system, and can assist with Data Safety Monitoring Board setup and facilitation.


The needs of a study will determine the amount of time needed by CReST team members and this will be discussed and agreed to with the investigator on a case-by-case basis.

Study type

Cost per hour (effective 7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024)

Cost per hour (effective 7/1/2024 - 6/30/2025)

Clinical Coordination

IRB and Regulatory

Startup and Administration*







Clinical Monitoring

eCRF Development







*Please contact CReST for information on pricing options for full-service industry startup and budget negotiation.

  • Costs are subject to annual increases on July 1st each year to account for inflation. Studies spanning for more than one year should account for 6% yearly inflation when budgeting for CReST services.
  • Micro-grants cannot be used to pay for CReST services
  • Payments for services will be charged through iLab directly to a University SpeedType. 

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