- Some projects are non-billable:
- We provide design support for pilot projects and grants at no charge through the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program.
- Education and advice consultations are also free through the Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics Program.
- Please use this text to cite Harvard Catalyst Biostatistics resources.
- Some projects are billable or partially billable:
- The hourly fees are billed monthly and are remitted to the Center for Clinical Investigation.
- The fees are for Center for Clinical Investigation operating expenses and do not supplement our salaries.
- The fees represent access to the service for investigators who don't have a dedicated statistician.
- Administrators please click here for the PHS policy on payments to research cores.
- You must provide a Partners six-digit cost center account number before starting in order to get the "internal" rate and avoid a higher "external" rate.
- If you provide sufficiently detailed project information, your consultant will give you an initial time estimate. This may be a range.
- The estimate will be revised if the investigator adds work, or if there are unexpected complications not disclosed originally (like messy data, additional data, design complexities, or complex hypotheses not initially discussed).
- It is very common for analysis projects to expand beyond the initial estimate. Occasionally projects are shorter than anticipated.
- Please keep in close communication with your consultant about the amount of time devoted to your project.
- Bills are sent monthly by the Center for Clinical Investigation. Payment is remitted to the Center for Clinical Investigation.
Recommendations to minimize costs:
- Clean your data. Click here for recommended data format.
- The senior faculty member on the project team should be involved in the statistical collaboration and should be the main contact person for the statistical consultant. This will avoid incorrect assumptions by less experienced assistants and fellows. We are committed to the education mission of this institution, and wish to provide statistical education to all members of the project team, while at the same time minimizing costs.
- Grants should budget at least 5% FTE of a CCI statistician for eventual statistical analysis.
- Grants are often criticized for budgeting insufficient statistical support.
- Grants are never criticized for having too much statistical support.
- Larger grants should budget 5-10% at the beginning, 5% in the middle, and 15-25% in the last couple of years.
- Your statistical consultant will provide his/her biosketch.