IRENE Collaboration Guidelines

Collaboration Guidelines

Many investigators have indicated an interest in collaborating with IRENE and are invited to determine what is appropriate. To be of interest to IRENE, your study must be relevant to primary care. If you are interested in writing a grant proposal that includes IRENE, please follow these steps well ahead of the grant deadline:


  • Contact Barcey Levy or Jeanette Daly to discuss your research idea.
  • At their direction, prepare eight copies of a 2–3 page description of your proposal that includes:  names of the principal investigator(s), co-investigators and their affiliation; proposed funding agency; submission due date; dates of the grant period; research purpose or questions; and a description of how the IRENE network would participate.
  • Specify any needs you foresee for time commitments by IRENE support staff (recruitment, data collection, programming, analysis).  IRENE practice recruitment will be handled through the IRENE Research Office and will cost up to $2,000 per practice recruited, depending on the type of study. (We have spent over 10 years developing and nurturing our network.)
  • Designate an appropriate portion of your budget to support IRENE offices and office coordinators.
  • Work with the Department of Family Medicine to identify a co-investigator on the proposed study.
  • The IRENE Research Development Committee will review the proposal.  You may be asked to meet with the committee.
  • Authorship should be shared with appropriate IRENE investigators and IRENE should be acknowledged on all publications resulting from your research.

Examples of IRENE Projects

Randomized Trial to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening: Barcey T. Levy, PhD, MD, Jeanette Daly, PhD, RN, Yinghui Xu, MS, John W. Ely, MD, MSPH: This was a randomized trial conducted in 16 practices to improve colorectal cancer screening among patients due for screening. We found that mailed educational materials plus a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) improved screening compared with usual care and compared with a physician chart reminder. A telephone call did not improve screening compared with the mailed education and FIT. (American Cancer Society)

Management by Clinicians of Patients Suspected of Having Community- Acquired MRSA : Barcey Levy, PhD, MD & Jeanette Daly, RN, PhD

The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate the best methods and procedures for primary care practices to follow in managing patients suspected of having community-acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)