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Midwest Area Research Consortium for Health

Midwest Area Research Consortium for Health (MARCH) is a collaborative research network of six Midwest Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions, including Indiana University, Mayo Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The mission of MARCH is to improve health through collaborative multidisciplinary clinical research and integration of evidence into clinical practice by:

  • Fostering new or improved inter-institutional multidisciplinary research collaborations between CTSA sites and their representative investigators across the Midwest
  • Promoting inter-institutional exchange of best practices in research and utilizing and sharing resources available for collaborative and efficient regulatory and fiscal processes
  • Maintaining a collaborative infrastructure that enhances institutional capacity to effectively perform studies in rare diseases as well as across populations that are very large and/or of varied demography
  • Increasing cross-disciplinary exploration and discovery
  • Contributing to closing the gap in health disparities
  • Facilitating development of scientific advances that will improve health care

A MARCH collaboration helps optimize your research


  • CTSA-funded sites known for cutting-edge, performance-driven research
  • Access to multidisciplinary thought leader investigators and study teams
  • Dedicated and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)-trained personnel at each performance site
  • Established standard operating procedures for quality assurance
  • Consistent and effective communication among MARCH leadership and study teams
  • Mission consistent with national research goals of regionalization and collaboration
  • All sites have accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)


  • Effective administration and coordination mechanisms through a centralized model
  • Standardized data management across sites via clinical trial management system software
  • Streamlined regulatory approval process providing one institutional review board (IRB) of record
  • Simplified fiscal management: One contract, one budget, one contact
  • Recruitment across multiple Midwest sites optimizing accrual success, particularly in studies of rare disease states or those that require an inordinately large sample size

Geographic reach and diverse demography

  • Geographic reach of ethnic and socioeconomic representation across the Midwest
  • Collective power of large and diverse subject populations from academic institutions across multiple states facilitating rapid enrollment

Are you interested in conducting collaborative clinical research with MARCH?


  • Nov 24, 2014
  • NEW074684