Multi-Center Clinical Trials

NCATS Trial Innovation Network

The Trial Innovation Network is a new collaborative initiative within NCATS’ CTSA Program composed of three key organizational partners:

  • Trial Innovation Centers (TICs)
  • Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC)
  • CTSA Program Hubs

NCATS’ vision for the Trial Innovation Network is to address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and to accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The network will focus on operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration while leveraging the expertise, diversity and broad reach of the CTSA Program. The goal is not only to execute trials better, faster and more cost-efficiently, but also to be a national laboratory to study, understand and innovate the process of conducting clinical trials.

The Trial Innovation Network infrastructure focuses on operational innovation and operational excellence, including:

  • Central IRB System
  • Standard Agreement System
  • Recruitment System
  • Infrastructure and organization of the “Hub Liaison Teams”
  • Proposal Process

UIC's CTSA Hub Liaison Team is housed within the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The CCTS will work with local study teams to expedite clinical trials to develop harmonized processes and increase quality and efficiency.

While the network is still in a development phase, you may send queries to the project manager: Charity Ball, MSN, RN at

People who use recruitment support services also find the following links helpful:

NIH Trial Innovation Network