CTRU Pricing

The Clinical and Translational Research Services Unit (CTRU) is part of Spectrum (Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education), which is a multidisciplinary organizational center, partially supported by the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  It provides research focused, ambulatory care and laboratory services to adult and pediatric study subjects.  The CTRU offers bedside, phlebotomy, dietary, laboratory, and biobanking services in support of the Stanford research community.

Many clinical research teams use the CTRU facility because it can meet the protocol lab and nursing care requirements (i.e. defined blood draw time windows) that may not be feasible within a standard hospital setting.

Identifying CTRU costs can be complex and developing a CTRU services list requires adequate time. Please access the CTRU website for a full description of services available, study registration, and budget initiation. If using the CTRU Lab Services, submission of a protocol Lab Manual is required. Use the online CTRU Budget Builder Tool to determine fees for the CTRU services.  Refer to the CTRU Service Dictionary for pricing and a description of services offered.  The CTRU has a tiered price list for industry and non-industry sponsors.

NOTE:  The CTRU is not an accredited clinical care center.  It does not provide Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified laboratory tests nor does it provide standard of care services. There are very useful Reference Documents available on how to use CTRU clinical services.

Location of primary research clinic: 800 Welch Road, Palo Alto, walking distance to Stanford Hospital and Clinics and LPCH.

How to prepare the CTRU study budget prior to working with RMG

When utilizing the CTRU facility, the CTRU study budget is one of the minimum documents required to set-up a new clinical trial.  For expedited study set-up, it is important that the study team start the CTRU budget set-up process as early as possible and before study documents are submitted to the CT RMG Intake Team.

Step 1

Study team completes online registration of study.

Step 2 

Select lab and/or other CTRU services in the CTRU Budget Builder as required by the study protocol.

Step 3

Attach the study Lab Manual – Be sure to provide the study Lab Manual to the CTRU team via the CTRU Budget Builder.  For studies requiring lab services, this study document is required prior to budget approval.

Step 4

Submit to the CTRU team for feasibility assessment and approval of the CTRU resources needed.  The CTRU team estimates a 7-day turnaround for review.

Step 5

When possible, complete the CTRU budget process before submitting study documents to CT RMG Intake Team so that the CT RPM can incorporate these costs into the study budget. This step is required prior to initiating the CT RMG expedited study set-up process.


  • Your CT RPM will finalize the study budget only after the CTRU cost estimate has been approved by the CTRU team.
  • For grant applications requiring extensive use of the CTRU, RMG recommends that you follow steps 1-5.  Please attach the CTRU workbook to the Proposal Intake Form (PIF).  
  • Studies will be invoiced based on actual services performed.