Research Professionals Resources

A guide for staff who work as research assistants, study coordinators, clinical research coordinators.

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NRP logo

NRP is the network for clinical research personnel at UNC. The network promotes excellence in the conduct of clinical, social, and translational research at UNC through a forum of education, professional development and mentoring programs.

To learn more, join the unc.crc listserve to keep in touch with your peers.

UNC Centers

The UNC Research Centers and Institutions has many useful links to the various UNC centers and resources that are available. Please see the link below to access them. 

UNC Centers

NC TraCS Institute

UNC Translational

The TraCS Institute seeks to drive discovery in clinical research and bring research-based solutions to real-world problems. TraCS offers many research support services and tools.

Ask TraCS a question or request a consultation. Contact info for TraCS here.



REACH NC is a Web portal that enables users to search, browse and find thousands of experts and assets within North Carolina higher education and research institutions.

Learn more from the HSL guide About REACH NC.

Qualtrics Portal at UNC


The Qualtrics Research Suite is a powerful online survey tool available to all faculty, staff and students at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Research Suite allows you to build complex surveys that fulfill a variety of research needs. You can use this tool to build surveys, distribute surveys and analyze responses, all from one convenient online location!



CRMS [Clinical Research Management System] is a system with a variety of administrative management tools to help clinical research teams by automating repetitive tasks and linking the study team to campus offices that support research. CRMS can support online submissions to campus offices and the system is integrated with Epic, meaning that study and participant data entered into the CRMS will flow over to Epic automatically.

As of March 2014, all studies that either (1) are drug or device trials, or (2) require billable items or services from UNC Health Care, must be entered into either CRMS (for non-oncology studies) or OnCore (for oncology studies). This requirement also generally applies to any study that will be recorded in Epic. Read more about CRMS tools and functions here.

For access to this application or for additional information, please contact Erica Evans.

CHAI Core at UNC

Chai Core

CHAI Core at UNC stands for Communication for Health Applications & Interventions. In its own words, CHAI Core "is UNC's one-stop shop for researchers looking to add value to their research studies in the areas of technology, user inquiry, and graphic design. We use state-of-the-art technologies to facilitate the translation of traditional evidence-based behavioral interventions into effective web- and mobile-based interventions in fields such as obesity and cancer prevention. ... Whether providing services to you in-house, or by connecting you with outside resources, the CHAI Core can deliver the solution that works best for your research."

OnCore at UNC


OnCore at UNC is a clinical research management tool that helps with: biospecimen management, electronic data capture, patient registries, the research process, and billing compliance.

Learn about OnCore at the manufacturer's website (Forte Research Systems/OnCore) and from the online user community (Onsomble OnCore Community).


Access EPIC

Latest EPIC News

The goal of the Epic@UNC project is to develop a system with "one patient ID, one problem list, one medication list, and one bill" for each patient at all UNC Health Care locations.

EPIC is a brand of Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. Learn how to access your Epic@UNC account with this tip sheet (PDF). (Tip Sheet JPEG)

NOTE: If you do not know your UNC Health Care account credentials, contact the Help Desk at 919-966-5647 or send an e-mail to UNC Hospitals Help Desk.



RENCI [Renaissance Computing Institute] creates and employs cutting-edge computer and data analytic technologies to solve real problems in medicine and science. A partnership of UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Duke University founded in 2004. RENCI partners with researchers around North Carolina and the U.S.



RAMSeS (Research Administration Management System & eSubmission) is an application used by several UNC groups, including the Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS), the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), the School of Medicine Sponsored Programs Office (SPO), the Office of Clinical Trials to conduct and manage research.

Learn more about RAMSeS from the Office of Research Information Systems.