For Investigators


Q: What is FRI’s mission?

A: Friends Research Institute promotes health and well-being through research, grants administration, education and treatment.

Q: What is the focus of the organization?

A: Established in 1955, FRI provides efficient, personal, and comprehensive services in the administration of research, currently managing more than 100 biomedical and psychosocial research studies throughout the United States. Areas of research include (but are not limited to) HIV/AIDS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders (including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.), schizophrenia, and substance abuse.

Q: How can FRI help me with my research?

A: FRI provides efficient, personal, comprehensive services in the administration of research activities. These services include scientific administration (research compliance, financial administration (budgeting, tracking, reporting), human resource administration (personnel management, payroll, direct deposit, clerical support, liability insurance, worker's compensation, 1099s, W2s), and IRB review.

FRI has an approved Federalwide Assurance with our registered Institutional Review Board (IRB), and we work closely with IRBs in other states.

Note: Because FRI handles the administrative and back-office functions, investigators are free to focus on their research.

Q: Good service is important to me. Sometimes my university takes weeks, even months to respond to my requests and questions or to approve spending. What is FRI’s service record?

A: You can count on a return phone call from a “real person” in 24 hours or less! FRI takes great pride in providing researchers with the highest quality administrative support, enabling scientists to concentrate on their work. Each Principal Investigator receives a monthly report of account activity from us. Budgets are monitored closely, and instant account balance information is just a phone call away.

Q: What is FRI’s indirect rate?

A: FRI’s federal indirect rate for grants on the East Coast is between 9% and 60%. The West Coast indirect rate is 21%. The indirect rate for Investigators who receive funds from pharmaceutical companies, foundations, or private donors are negotiated on an individual basis.

Q: What is FRI’s fringe benefit rate?

A: FRI’s fringe benefit rate is 22.40%. Fringe benefits include FICA, health insurance, education reimbursement, and retirement.

Q: Does FRI have an IRB?

A: Yes. FRI's IRB is registered and possesses an approved Federalwide Assurance with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). The IRB meets on a regular basis reviewing biomedical and behavioral studies. There is no charge for IRB reviewing services for FRI Investigators; it is included as part of FRI’s indirect fees.

Q: Where is FRI located?

A: FRI's corporate headquarters is located at:

Friends Research Institute, Inc.
1040 Park Avenue, Suite 103
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone Number: 410.837.3977 or 1.800.705.7757
Fax Number: 410.752.4218

Q: How do I learn more?

A: We invite you to continue reviewing our website or call us and we will be happy to discuss your specific needs and questions.

Friends Research Institute, Inc. (FRI) is a 501(c)(3), private, non-profit corporation established in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955.