College of Medicine to launch new training program for research staff

April 03, 2019

HERSHEY, Pa. — A new program is available to all levels of research support faculty and staff to navigate the research process at Penn State College of Medicine. The Staffing, Mentorship and Research Training (SMaRT) Program for investigator-initiated, human-subjects research will be introduced at an informational session on April 23 in Lecture Room C. Three one-hour-sessions are available to choose from: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The SMaRT Program is available to all levels of College of Medicine research support faculty and staff. It provides tailored orientation for investigator-initiated human subjects research, pre- and post-award consultation services, staffing assistance and resource navigation guidance. 

Registration is requested for the informational sessions at

For more information, email or call 717-531-1264.

SMaRT services include:

Research Navigation

The program has partnered with other campus research offices to create an inventory of valuable services available within the institution. This navigation guidance can help studies meet timelines and deliverables more efficiently.


The program also offers staffing guidance by helping studies align project needs with appropriate staff. The program can also provide temporary staffing for needs, including project coordination, recruitment, data analysis, marketing and promotion, project close-out and long-term support for pilot projects that may require part-time project staff support.

Award Consultations

Pre- and post-award consultations offer guidance on project planning including study startup implementation, staffing and available resources. 


In addition to networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities, the program will also offer a tailored orientation for new research staff.

The SMaRT Program is a funded initiative from the vice dean for research and is supported by Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

Last Updated April 03, 2019