For purposes of this section, health care research means approved clinical, outcomes, and health services investigations.
(a) The commissioner of health shall make recommendations for a process for the submission, review, and approval of research grant applications. The process shall give priority for grants to applications that are intended to gather preliminary data for submission for a subsequent proposal for funding from a federal agency or foundation, which awards research money on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis. Grant recipients must be able to demonstrate the ability to comply with federal regulations on human subjects research in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 46, and shall conduct the proposed research. Grants may be awarded to the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic, or any other public or private organization in the state involved in medical research. The commissioner shall report to the legislature by January 15, 2000, with recommendations.
(b) The commissioner may appoint a research advisory committee to provide advice and oversight on the grant application process. If the commissioner appoints a research advisory committee, the committee shall be governed by section 15.059 for membership terms and removal of members.