Collaborate with Us

Institute leaders oversee all research conducted at Group Health, including reviewing, approving, and monitoring research by outside scientists.

Associate Investigators Susan Shortreed, PhD, Andrea Cook, PhD, and Biostatistician Robert Arao, MPH.


Through partnerships in research, Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) is discovering practical ways to deliver high-quality, affordable health care. We bring experience, competence, and unique capabilities for high-impact results.

Our strengths include experience in large epidemiologic studies, randomized trials, and pragmatic clinical trials—finding answers to important questions within real-world populations.

Faculty partnerships ensure a good fit

If you’re interested in conducting research at Group Health, you must collaborate with a GHRI faculty member. This ensures that proposed projects are consistent with Group Health policies and that any potential effects on the care-delivery system are addressed. GHRI collaborators are particularly needed for studies that affect patient care or collect either large amounts of Group Health data or certain types of sensitive data.

Be aware that projects involving Group Health programming or staff time require external funding.

You may contact our faculty members directly to establish a collaboration based on common areas of interest. If there is no GHRI faculty member for you to partner with, you may ask the GHRI Feasibility Review Committee to evaluate your proposal. The committee helps GHRI leadership determine if an external project is a good fit for Group Health and may also help you find a GHRI faculty collaborator.

Our feasibility criteria

GHRI determines a potential project’s feasibility based on:

  • relevance to Group Health’s primary mission; 
  • feasibility of the proposed research activity in the Group Health care-delivery system; 
  • no conflicts with concurrent Group Health studies; 
  • availability of a GHRI faculty member to collaborate with and/or monitor the project; and
  • impact on Group Health, GHRI, and Group Health Physicians resources.

Working with a GHRI faculty guide

If you’re proposing research at Group Health in collaboration with an identified GHRI faculty member:

  • Your GHRI collaborator is responsible for guiding you and your application through our grant development and research-review processes. 
  • You do not need to submit your project to our Feasibility Review Committee.

Working without a GHRI faculty guide 

If you’re proposing research at Group Health and have not yet identified a GHRI faculty collaborator:

  • Our Feasibility Review Committee must review your project. This includes research proposed by GHRI affiliate faculty members, Group Health staff, or Group Health Physicians staff, and researchers affiliated with other institutions. 
  • Please contact the chair of the Feasibility Review Committee at least eight weeks before your grant is due to the funding agency. This is particularly important if patient recruitment and review of medical records are involved. If your project appears to be a good fit for Group Health, the chair will ask you to complete and submit an application form, which we will send to our faculty to help you find a GHRI investigator to collaborate with on the project. 
  • Applications are due 10 days before the committee’s monthly meeting, which occurs the fourth Thursday of each month. 
  • The Feasibility Committee will review your application and notify you of its decision by e-mail within a week after the meeting.
  • Studies that collect Group Health data as their primary source of data must have any resulting publications reviewed by Group Health before publication.


Biomed company and GHRI test new device for collecting blood

The GHRI-industry collaboration will study sample collection for lab tests, writes Clinical Research Director Tricia Buscio.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Feasibility review


Peggy Tobin, Chair
Feasibility Review Committee