RISS Help

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1. Asking for help

All requests for consultation or help should be sent to help@msi.umn.edu and include RISS in the subject line. 

Basic questions regarding account status, application login, software availability or other such will be answered by the help desk.  Advanced questions regarding design, strategy, analysis or request for consultation will be forwarded to the RISS analytical staff. 

2. Scheduling

If applying to a grant program contact RISS the minute you are deciding to apply.  If your analytical methods include high throughput technologies (NextGen, proteomics...) competitive applications will include an informatics analytical plan. For large or collaborative  project, a data capture and integration plan will be needed as well as a data sharing plan.

Consult at minimum 3 weeks before the internal SPA deadline.  SPA deadline is generally 5 days before the program (NIH, NSF..) deadline.  If preliminary data analysis is necessary or the project is atypical (e.g. not RNAseq) a longer period will be required for strategy development.

3. The consultation

Following a request for informatics consultation, one or more member of the RISS staff will meet with the client.  If new to RISS, staff will provide an overview of RISS and MSI resources and services. During the consultation RISS will learn about the client's research and informatics needs.  Through the conversation, the client will talk about overall project goals and specific aims.  If data sets have been already generated, experimental design that lead to the data sets will be discussed as well as any data pre-processing steps.  With that information RISS will discuss recommendations regarding experimental and/or analytical design and, if appropriate, data management solutions.

If the purpose of the meeting was to seek analytical support, based on the meeting discussion, RISS staff member will develop a meeting report outlining research project goal(s), recommended analytical plan and analytical costs for the client to review.

4. Work options

RISS works with clients in multiple ways. For example, the complete analysis can be done entirely by RISS with the researcher providing feedback on analytical results submitted for his or her review.  In other cases, RISS will work closely with the investigator or someone in that lab, doing a distribution of tasks or even training the student on how to do the analysis.  And in other cases, will act only as an expert consultant.

Just talk to us.  The consulting services are free, designed to help researchers become more aware of informatics applications and their power.

Informatics | RISS | RISS Services | RISS Organization | RISS Procedures | RISS Help | UMN Biolinks