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The West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network (WVPBRN) is a group of primary care clinicians and practices partnered with research entities within the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) that work together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into meaningful everyday practices in West Virginia (WV). The WVPBRN offers an opportunity to gain knowledge about a topic or question in primary care settings.

The WVPBRN is rolling out their 7th annual CORE Survey. Similar in design to the nationwide CERA Survey, the CORE Survey is a compilation of survey questions from multiple clinicians and/or investigators relating to a variety of primary care topics in WV. Clinicians and/or investigators may apply to have their questions included in the upcoming survey. The WVPBRN will select the top questions (not to exceed 30 questions total) that are most relevant and of interest to Network members. The WVPBRN will then send the finalized CORE Survey to members and partners in March 2024.

The primary goals of this survey resource are to:

  • Reduce the number of surveys members are asked to complete
  • Provide mentoring and partnership opportunities between the Network and researchers
  • Collect pilot data for upcoming submissions to the Network
  • Increase the quality and frequency of published medical research

The selected clinicians and/or investigators for the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results, within 30 days after conclusion of the survey. The results are shared with the investigator first to allow for publishing and proposal development. The Network members can access the survey data after 120 days of survey completion.

Those selected for the CORE Survey will be asked to present their data at the WVPBRN Annual Retreat at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV in May 2025.

This survey is released on a yearly basis. Proposals for the 2023 WVPBRN CORE Survey are due by Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 at 5:00pm EST.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted via email, as a single PDF 2-page document, by the close of business (5:00 pm EST) on or before the deadline date of January 16th, 2024. Proposals should be emailed directly to Jennifer Lukas, at

Applications must include all of the following:

  • Title of the proposed project
  • Contact information for PI (name, address, phone, email)
  • Project team names listed
  • Health care issue addressed by the proposed project
  • Brief description of how the information is relevant and useful to primary care clinics in West Virginia
  • List of intended questions (up to 10 questions, including all sub-parts to questions)

The CORE Survey will collect demographic information as part of the overall survey, and need not be included in the respective list of proposed questions. Priority is given to proposals that are likely to: 1) benefit rural primary care practice, 2) establish or enhance partnerships with WVPBRN site(s), 3) result in grant application pilot
data, and/or 4) contribute to a peer-reviewed publication.

Proposals and questions will be reviewed based upon the following criteria:

  • WVPBRN topic of interest
  • Significance/relevance to primary care settings
  • Quality of questions written
  • Is it publishable?
  • Overall quality of submission

You must be a member of the WVPBRN and/or the WVCTSI to submit a proposal. The
selected proposals will be connected with an experienced Network advisor who will join each project team to help refine questions, connect to WVCTSI services, facilitate analysis, and prepare and submit manuscripts. Because of their extensive involvement, advisors should be included as authors on published papers/presentations.

The WVPBRN generally uses the West Virginia University Institutional Review Board (IRB), with reciprocal IRB agreements with Marshall University, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Charleston Area Medical Center. Investigators may follow their local IRB policies regarding use of the data.

If you are considering submitting a proposal, have questions, or are unsure if you’re on the right track, feel free to request a consultation. Please contact WVPBRN Research Operations Manager, Jennifer Lukas, at