Project Consulting

Methodological and statistical consulting for academics, public agencies and the private sector.


Fee-for-Service Project Support

Project consulting is a fee-for-service arrangement.  Faculty members, students, corporations and not-for-profit agencies may choose to hire us to write software, calculate statistical estimates, conduct simulations, and so forth.

Consultation Agreements

The University-approved rates for hourly consulting differ among clients depending on the source of funding. Please select a consultation agreement that matches your situation and complete it. If you are uncertain about how your funding source is classified, let us know and we'll contact the accountant.

1. Corporate clients, private citizens

2. Academic/Non-Profit Organizations, University faculty, students who are not paying with state/federal money

3. Research Grants, State funds, KU department funds

Please consider visiting us during open consulting to discuss the project.

When you complete the consultation agreement, we will ask you to write out a Scope of Work.  The work will go more smoothly if you let us know exactly what you need, and when you need it.

A Special Note for Students: Obtain Advisor Consent

We respect the teacher/student relationship that is inherent in the cultivation of a student's thesis or dissertation. Students who seek help with graded projects need to ask their advisor to sign the Dissertation and Thesis Approval Form (pdf). This is relevant for any sort of work which is being prepared for submission for a grade or completion of degree.

Planning for Research Grant Proposals

CRMDA helps with formulation of research proposals.  That includes clarification of research questions, design, and methodology. Please feel free to schedule a time to meet with us on the CRMDA open consulting calendar or call 785-864-3353 to arrange an appointment with the Director.  We are willing/able to dedicate time and effort to fill in the gaps for proposals.

Please collect the following information for us:

  1. The name of the granting agency
  2. The "Call for Proposals" or other material that describes the competition
  3. The deadline for the completion of the proposal
  4. The current state of the proposal
  5. What CRMDA help is needed

We will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with PIs to the following effect.  Researchers who finish their proposals and submit them will not be invoiced for our time and effort.  Researchers who do not finish their proposals will be invoiced for the hourly labor that CRMDA invests in preparation of the proposal.

We are often asked for "power analysis" calculations. This is typically time-consuming because a complete power analysis requires a full specification of the project's anticipated data and modeling strategy. We ask that you please do not wait until the last minute.

Sometimes researchers ask, "Is it required for us to include CRMDA in the budget of the project?" The answer is "no, but we wish you would consider it." It seems likely that CRMDA support will also be helpful in the implementation of the project.  We have standard language for inclusion in justification and budget sections of grant proposals.

REDCap - An Additional CRMDA Service for Funded Research Projects

  Secure Storage: REDCap is a HIPAA compliant, secure electronic data retrieval and storage system. Access to REDCap is only available to clients who have a project consulting agreement established with CRMDA and is not a standalone provided service. Usage of REDCap does require an additional standard fee for the creation of REDCap accounts. More details about REDCap are described on the REDCap page.

If you have questions, please contact the CRMDA at 785-864-3353 or email crmda@ku.edu. 


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