The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Partners in Workforce Advancement

“In clinical research, people are everything.”

This is what we believe.

Without an adequate pipeline of qualified, competent professionals, our community will fail both to sustain the workforce and to improve the efficiency and quality of medical discovery.

High turnover. Quality and performance variance. Growing demand for more skilled, competent professionals. Our industry struggles with many issues, at the root of which is a lack of awareness of clinical research as a career option in the healthcare and life sciences communities.

Organizations employing clinical research professionals of all types agree – the first step in creating a diverse and sustainable talent pool is to ensure that healthcare and life sciences students are aware of clinical research as a career option.

“The workforce is not large enough or adequately trained.”

The Economist*

In response to this critical challenge, we are forming a new coalition of stakeholders with a vested interest in growing the clinical research workforce.

The ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ initiative provides a unique opportunity for organizations to partner with ACRP and support initiatives focused on creating a sustainable workforce for the future. The flagship initiative will be development and implementation of an industry-wide “Awareness of Clinical Research as a Career Option” campaign targeting healthcare professionals and students.

Why You Should Join

Joining the PWA gives you and your organization a unique, high-profile opportunity to serve as an industry thought leader and innovator in driving and promoting best practices in the area of workforce planning, development, and assessment.

Your participation also provides:

  • Promotion on ACRP’s website and marketing materials as a Partner in Workforce Advancement and advocate for workforce sustainability.
  • Two (2) complimentary registrations for the ACRP annual conference.
  • An exclusive 15% discount on the cost of an exhibit booth at the ACRP annual conference.

PWA representatives (one per contributing organization) will meet in person twice each year – once at a special meeting held in conjunction with the ACRP annual conference – and periodically via teleconference.


“Invest in the workforce to deliver the promise of big data and innovative trial design.”

The Economist*

ACRP requests annual contributions to support PWA initiatives, including development and implementation of a targeted awareness campaign and materials for use in outreach, grassroots educational initiatives, and more.

Contributions are structured to maximize participation from organizations of all types and sizes.

Get Involved

Contact Beth Harper, ACRP Workforce Innovation Officer, at or +1.703.254.8117, to join or learn more.

*The Economist Business Intelligence Unit, “The Innovation Imperative: The Future of Drug Development Part II: Barriers, Enablers and Calls to Action” Read More