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Faculty: Research

Resources to help you become oriented to and familiar with Duke Medicine.

Research & Grants Management


 A team of people who guide investigators in identifying relevant resources, connecting with experts, and understanding processes and best practices in performing research at Duke. For basic sciences and clinical researchers.

Research Support Services 

Provides Tier 1 support for many research applications and systems, and can guide you to relevant resources, tools and collaborators within Duke.

Duke Basic Science Research

Provides an overview of the basic sciences research community at Duke along with various resources provided by the University.

Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR)

Provides resources for both the beginning and expert researcher.

Duke Translational Medicine Institute

The academic home for Duke's clinical and translational research community, DTMI  provides an integrated support structure for resources and training and facilitates collaborative research.

Research Toolkit - PRIMER

Duke Heatlh, in partnership with other research institutions, developed this Web-based tool kit to help researchers create and sustain successful multisite research collaborations.


Please check with your department/division, or Clinical Research unit (CRU) about how the process works within your area.

Pre-Award Process: The Office of Research Administration (ORA), formerly called Grants & Contracts, is responsible for supporting investigators and administrators in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing by managing externally sponsored research projects through the pre-award process.

Contacts: Office of Research Administration at Duke Health.  Phone: 919.684.5175, Fax: 919.684.6278

The Pre-Award Manual delineates the grants process at Duke.

Submission process:

Sponsored Projects System (SPS) -- All grants and contracts are entered into this system as part of the review and management process.  You are able to create grant proposals, transmit them through the approval process at the departmental and central office level, produce government sponsor paper forms, and track general award information. 

Your  Departmental grants administrator should be able to put in your budget, etc. into this system to get routed to ORA for approval prior going to the grant funding agency.

All grants have to be approved by ORA before being submitted.

Grants.duke -- Provides the ability to submit grant proposals electronically to federal sponsors. You  You can attach supporting documents to the proposal and then release it for submission to 

The Grants.Duke website interfaces with the NIH website, so once you upload and submit everything through Grants.Duke, it gets transmitted to the NIH.

Clinical Research Units (CRUs) provide oversight for clinical research in which a Duke Health department, center/institute, CSU or school serves as the investigative sites for the research.  The CRU is the operating business unit responsible for integrity, financial accountability, regulatory compliance, qualityand academic productivity of research activities. Contact the relevant CRU for information on the submission and review process.

Other departments and divisions may have their own grants administrative processes and support personnel to help you with the submission process, including helping you with your budget. Contact administration in your department and/or division to find out if assistance is available. 

eRA Commons

 Electronic online system through NIH that allows investigators and staff to see:  status of application, meeting dates, summary statement, notice of grant ward, when non-competing continuation is due, and electronic submission of just-in-time information

Contact someone in grants administration in your department or ORA to get assistance in setting up an account

 Post-funding related issues

 Your departmental or divisional grants administration should give you post-award expenditure reports, as well as helping with progress reports, non-competing and competing renewals. Work with your departmental grants administration to plan and interpret these reports.