Michigan State University

Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC)


The Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC) is part of Michigan State University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. BRIC provides research data management services to clinical research studies.

Service Areas

  • Research Data Planning & Design
  • Data Collection
  • Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing
  • Long Term Data Storage

Target clientele

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Other MSU-affiliated unite/department
  • Non-MSU for-profit organization
  • Non-MSU non-profit organization


Web Address


Contact Info

Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC)
West Fee Hall
909 Fee Road, Room B500
‚ÄčEast Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-1005

Marty Crawford

Description of Research Data Support Services

Research Data Planning & Design

  • Grant writing: Assistance when HIPAA-compliant clinical research informatics and data management plan required
  • Data management: Core of clinical data management professionals help manage data from clinical studies, including trials
  • Hosting of large molecular datasets

Data Collection

  • Access to four different electronic data capture platforms used for full spectrum of data capture from classical paper based (double) entry to web-based surveys

Short Term Data Storage & File Sharing

  • Backup policy
    • Space rented within Health Information Technology data center
    • Complex backup policy:
      1. Journal all transactions in an audit trail, for immediate recovery
      2. Archive all transactions
      3. Backup all transactions daily
      4. All source database tables backed-up weekly
      5. Weekly backups and daily transaction tapes stored offsite
    • Cost of storage: First 10 GB included in platform usage fees
    • Cost of additional storage: Additional storage in units of 10 GB for purchase
    • Maximum retention period: For the period required by the granting agency

Long Term Data Storage

  • Web services/hosting: Assistance provided
  • Metadata assistance: Assistance provided
  • Database development, management, or hosting: Within platforms BRIC supports