Commitment to CRCs Earns University Team Place Among Workforce Innovation Award Finalists

Robert Kolb

H. Robert Kolb, RN, CCRC, Assistant Director of Clinical Research, University of Florida

A commitment to promoting a culture of clinical research coordinator (CRC) competence drives Robert Kolb and the team at University of Florida’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). It’s also landed them in the finalist category for ACRP’s inaugural Workforce Innovation Award. Kolb, RN, MS, CCRC, is Assistant Director in Clinical Research at the CTSI.

The institute was founded in 2008 to speed the translation of scientific discoveries into improved health by strengthening the university’s ability to conduct clinical and translational research.

“After our program to raise consciousness on the value of certification, when our local ACRP chapter prompted us to apply,” Kolb says he decided to go for the award. He’s hoping that the recognition will inspire others around the country to explore ways to better train and evaluate their workforce.

“Being named a semifinalist is an affirmation” both for University of Florida and for the importance of advancing the professionalization of the clinical trial workforce—and CRCs in particular, Kolb says. He’s worked with many others at University of Florida to establish—and vet—training courses centered around competence. In all, they’ve deployed 21 discrete online modules over a seven-month period. Twelve were based on ACRP eLearning modules, while the other nine were based on Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) courses.


ACRP/Avoca Awards & Recognition Ceremony – Join us during ACRP 2018 next month for a special evening celebration of individual and organizational excellence in clinical research, including the first ever presentation of the Innovation in Workforce Development Award. View Event Details

ACRP 2018


“Training supports competency and professionalization,” Kolb says. “Competency standards are out there—we just need to teach them.”

Kolb applauds ACRP’s leadership. “I’ve been a member well over 20 years, and the conferences are really important” to help share best practices and spread proven ideas to the betterment of the entire industry, he adds.

Author: Michael Causey