This is an excellent local resource for those of you in the Kansas City area. They have guidance on coming up with a study idea, finding funding, and identifying study participants. This site offers general information and links to resources with Frontiers (aka the Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research).
The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Study Development. Excerpt: “Study Development is a key phase of the research process and investigators must take many considerations into account. From formulating a research idea, to considering and seeking funding, a systematic approach will make the process navigable. Click on the titles below to see the drop-down information on each component and find out how Frontiers can assist.” Last accessed on December 12, 2013. Available at http://frontiersresearch.org/frontiers/study-development.