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Trial Innovation Network (TIN)

The trial innovation network is a CTSA program funded to support multi-site (three or more sites) as well as decentralized clinical research. It provides planning guidance, resources, and operational assistance, including all aspects of proposal development, statistical, regulatory, recruitment and retention, and site identification and coordination. Other support and services are provided as well, some at no cost and some with associated costs.

Engage with the TIN early in your proposal development to make the most of TIN resources for protocol and budget development, as well as recruitment related resources.


Maya Berdichesky, DMD 

Manager, Hub Liaison and
TIN Point of Contact

Kenneth Mahaffey, MD 

Medical Director
TIN Point of Contact

Researcher Benefits

The TIN supports researchers in streamlining multi-center study processes, leveraging national support along with local resources, reducing the time required to develop a multi-center study and connecting investigators with relevant experts. TIN also works in partnership with other NIH institutes and centers and provides a competitive funding advantage. 

There are two ways to get involved with TIN:

  1. The local TIN Liaison Team will connect investigators with multi-site studies initiated by other network sites, or
  2. Stanford investigators may submit proposals for multi-site or decentralized clinical studies to the TIN.

TIN Support

The Trial Innovation Network is comprised of two Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), one Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC), and 60+ CTSA Hubs, and offers investigators consultations and resources for multi-center clinical research including:

    • Protocol development    
    • Study operations enhancement
    • Trial budgeting guidance
    • Regulatory agreements
    • Data coordination & management
    • Data safety & monitoring
    • Statistical Support
    • Community engagement studios
    • Recruitment planning & feasibility assessment
    • Recruitment and retention plan and materials
    • EHR-based tools & resources
    • Site identification


TIN Submission and Consultation Process

Depending on the level of support needed, you should submit you request for initial consultation two to six months prior to grant submission.

TIN Metrics

Additional Resources

Proposal Process

TIN Toolbox

Recruitment & Retention