Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials (UNeHealth)

UNeHealth is the contracting and fiscal arm for industry-funded clinical trials on behalf of University of Nebraska Medical Center. It is housed in Sponsored Programs and operates under the direction of Dr. Christopher Kratochvil, Chief Medical Officer for UNeHealth and Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research.

The UNeHealth partnership:

 Which Contracts Run Through UNeHealth

UNeHealth contracts include:

Industry-sponsored clinical trial agreements are the key focus of UNeHealth, whether initiated by a sponsor or by a UNMC investigator. The clinical trial may test the safety and/or effectiveness of drugs, devices, treatments or it may test preventive measures in humans. The sponsor typically provides the study drug or device, financial support and proprietary information, while the university provides data/results, publications or input.

Where to Start

The most important thing an investigator can do to ensure a smooth start-up is to build a team. After determining interest in a study, be sure to notify your department administrator, clinical coordinator if applicable, and the SPAdmin Coordinator for Industry. They can guide you through UNMC’s research infrastructure and help you identify next steps and individuals to support you.

 Submit a New Contract

Submit your request to the SPAdmin Coordinator, at email with the following documents attached:

Your email communication with the sponsor may also provide valuable information to SPAdmin that helps ensure timely negotiation.

Who Negotiates

SPAdmin contract negotiators will review and negotiate your contract. New contracts are parked in a queue and available to all until a negotiator is able to start the review.

 Who Signs

UNeHealth contracts are signed by the sponsor and an authorized UNeHealth signatory.  The investigator also signs but only as having read and acknowledged. UNeHealth/SPAdmin coordinates the signature process and informs the IRB when the contract is fully-executed so the IRB can be released.

How Long

UNeHealth strives to execute contracts within 75 days of receiving the required documents from the department. Some require less time; some more. Variables that impact timelines include volume of contracts under review, sponsor responsiveness, terms requiring negotiation, and whether UNeHealth/UNMC has an institutional master agreement with the sponsor.

Investigators can favorably impact contract timelines by making sure departmental staff finalize the budget and submit it to UNeHealth within 60 days of submitting the contract for review. Your contract will not be signed by UNeHealth or the sponsor until the budget is attached to the contract.  Click here for tips on expediting your contract. Click here for more information on Roles and Responsibilities.

Next Steps

SPAdmin sets up the WBS as soon as the contract is fully-executed, the IRB is released, financial conflicts of interest are managed, and internal forms are fully-approved. SPAdmin monitors each process to completion, then bundles the award and notifies the investigator and department administrator when the WBS account is set up.