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Central Office of Research Administration (CORA)

For more than 130 years, Saint Luke’s Health System has been an institution dedicated to providing the highest quality, most advanced care possible. And each year, Saint Luke’s researchers are on the frontlines of developing essential, life-changing innovations—particularly in cardiovascular disease and neurology. It is among the top health care research facilities in the Midwest in terms of the number and scope of studies.

The Central Office of Research Administration (CORA) provides a centralized, comprehensive, service-driven infrastructure and is the foundation for research growth throughout the Saint Luke’s Health System. CORA standardizes and organizes research practices common to all product line research programs, guaranteeing clinical and financial compliance.

CORA focuses on three core responsibilities:


  • Centralization, standardization, and organization of research practices common to all product line research programs throughout Saint Luke’s Health System
  • Research administration strategic plan development and implementation
  • Centralized voice of research administration for dissemination of information, fielding research process questions, and relationship building with internal and external entities

Compliance assurance

  • Authority to ensure clinical and financial compliance with all federal and state regulations governing the conduct and financial management of clinical research
  • Compliance, which helps to assure safety for Saint Luke’s Health System organizations and patients
  • Performing financial and clinical audits
  • Government grants management and assistance with industry-sponsored grants negotiation and management

Quality practices and growth of the research enterprise

  • Incubation and mentorship of new researchers plus new product line research programs
  • Research contract and budget negotiation to ensure uniformity, and subsequent central archiving of documents
  • Relationship building with industry leaders enabling enhanced recruitment of studies
  • Training of principle investigators and research staff

The Saint Luke's Medical Staff Research Grant Committee reviews research grant applications on a quarterly basis and then submits recommendations for funding to the Saint Luke's Foundation. Applications must be submitted electronically, on the standard form (doc). Funding guidelines must be followed. Please read the directions carefully.


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Central Office of Research Administration
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
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