HELP and Frequently Asked Questions

The CHPS provides the resources, environment, operations, and training to support and promote the highest quality clinical and translational research by qualified investigators. These include inpatient and outpatient services for research activities, as well as a range of other research services and expertise.

Investigators planning to use the CHPS are encouraged to discuss their research plans with CHPS Core directors to discuss feasibility and availability of resources. Also, CHPS Core directors provide professional guidance on issues related to the use of their cores, and investigators are encouraged to utilize their expertise while planning a study. When planning the budget for a research project, investigators should contact the CHPS administrator to obtain information about costs associated with CHPS services.

The CHPS serves as an educational resource for the academic community. Graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and fellows are encouraged to utilize CHPS services and interact with Core directors to enhance their research training experience. The CHPS will assist trainees and junior investigators in developing their research plan. Protocols are submitted for IRB and CHPS review by trainees or junior investigators with the assistance of a PI and/or mentor. IRB and CHPS approval must be obtained prior to beginning the research study.

A list of services can be found on the CHPS Services and Facilities page and on Penn's ITMAT website. ITMAT is The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and is the academic home of the CTSA Clinical and Translational Science Award which supports the CHPS at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).

You can apply for CHPS services online via the eResearch system. CHPS services can be applied for at the same time the IRB electronic protocol is submitted.

The CTSA grant now has a new grant number that is officially awarded with National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) funds starting on 7/1/2016.

It is extremely important for investigators to contact CHPS when preparing grant budgets and submissions. The CHPS charges for services and these costs must be included in all budgets.  Price requests via the eTRACK system are required when submitting for external funding.  The CHPS Administrative Director, John Krall, (267-425-1790) can assist you in this process.

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Investigators must submit an amendment to their CHPS application to reflect the change in CHPS services requested. Amendments should be made through eResearch.