Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers on how to get a research project started at The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA (TLI) for students, residents, fellows, & faculty.

You can also find a comprehensive overview of how to conduct research at TLI:  Investigator Manual

The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA

If you are a trainee (student, resident, or fellow) you must have a mentor.

Your mentor must be a TLI investigator:

  • “TLI investigator” is an individual who has a current or pending academic appointment and is directing research, the funding, if any, for which is administered by the Lundquist Institute

I have no mentor and/or mentor is not a TLI investigator:

  • Contact Division Chief to find mentor
  • Contact CTSI leadership for guidance finding a mentor

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IRB submission is required for Human Subject Research.

  • Use the links provided to determine whether an activity is Human Research or how it is regulated
  • Consult with the IRB for assistance
  • Complete IRB application on iMedRIS (also known as iRIS)

IRB submission may not be required for Quality Improvement, Program Evaluation or Class/Study projects.

  • Use the links provided to determine whether a proposed activity is a QI project and does not involve human subjects research

  • Always contact IRB for determination of submission requirement

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Individuals must complete and maintain TLI training/education requirements.

  • Use link provided to determine which courses are required
  • Consult with the Compliance Office for assistance 

Go to CITI Program to register.

  • Add "Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor UCLA Medical Center" as your Organization Affiliation. 

Once you have completed the tests, email Tina to request an iMEDRIS (iRIS) account.

  • The PI will need to email Tina or be copied on the email to Tina to request an account.

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Research projects in DHS vary by category (1 to 5) according to how well they ALIGN, IMPACT and BENEFIT DHS.

  • Category 1 Research well aligned with DHS.
    Direct DHS resources can be used to fully support project
  • Category 5 Research has no benefit to DHS or its partners (ex. basic science research project)
    No support

Projects are submitted through the DHS Research project online request form.

  • Department Chair and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will review project
  • If DHS resources are needed, a Research Order form will be emailed
  • A project category will be assigned and degree of support determined

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