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Didactic Offerings

Trent Center Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course

The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine provides an annual five-session course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education.  

Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than their white counterparts. Research to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health is a national priority. The Duke HDRC is designed to increase knowledge and skill in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research thru a curriculum of monthly sessions. 

Writing from the Readers' Perspective

Held annually in October/November, Writing from the Reader's Perspective is a three-part seminar series based on the concept that, to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading. The ideas presented in this series of workshops have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success. The 12-hour workshop is divided into four sessions, each one building on the one before. For maximum benefit, those who register should plan to attend all four sessions.

Clinical Research Training Program

The Duke University School of Medicine's Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) provides physicians, investigators and other healthcare professionals with the rigorous academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research required to excel in today's dynamic clinical research environment.  The program's degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research awarded by the Duke School of Medicine.


Grant-related Resources

K Club

The K Club is designed to assist junior faculty preparing external career development  grant applications (e.g., K23, K01).  K Club consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced senior faculty who have served as reviewers for the NIH. (If your next grant is an R01, choose Path to Independence instead of K-club)  

Path to Independence Program

The Path to Independence Program is designed to help junior faculty prepare their first NIH R01s.  The program is offered three times per year to coincide with NIH R01 application submission deadlines, and consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced faculty.

Write Winning Grants

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is an all-day program, held once a year (typically in July). Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

"Writing Islands" 

Writing Islands are offered by the Office of Research Development to meet faculty needs for dedicated grant-writing time away from workday distractions by providing a quiet, dedicated writing space. The 2-hour sessions are staffed by an experienced research development professional who can answer questions about NIH requirements, provide advice on grantsmanship, and help solve writing conundrums. 

Office for Research Mentoring office hours

Office hours with Associate Dean for Research Mentoring Dr. Cathleen Colón-Emeric are available to current and past K Club/Path participants. Get her input on any of your grant-writing or research-based questions.   

Research Development Council

The RDC provides the following services to Department of Medicine faculty: reviewing and critiquing research plans and proposals of individual investigators; identifying collaborators, alternative approaches, and technologies that may improve an investigator’s research; distributing information about government, foundation, and industry funding and development opportunities; assembling groups of investigators with common interests in order to develop new collaborative research projects; facilitating the translation of basic science discoveries into diagnostics and therapeutics; and facilitating the commercialization of discoveries made by individual investigators.

Primer on Grant Preparation: Keys to Being Competitive  

A slide presentation from Mark W. Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring at Duke.

Demystifying the NIH Peer Review Process

Review this slide presentation from a director at the NIH Center for Scientific Review to get familiar with the NIH review process.

Responding to a Grant Review

A slide presentation from David C. Steffens, MD, MHS, former Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Ins and Outs of Career Development Awards

A slide presentation from Gregory D. Sempowski, PhD, in the Duke Human Vaccine Institute Member NIAID/NIH AITRC Committee.


Professional Development Resources

LEADER program  

This interactive 3-day workshop is designed for junior faculty who are leading a research group. It provides insight into leadership and team-building, as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to harness creativity and innovation.  

Duke Office for Faculty Development

The Duke Office for Faculty Development offers grant-writing workshops, leadership development programs, a professional development seminar series and networking events.

Understanding appointments, promotion, and tenure at Duke

The School of Medicine provides guidelines and resources for faculty as they consider their progression through the Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (APT) process.  

Presenting Clinical and Translational Science (PCATS) Video Series

This series of videos introduces principles and techniques for developing and delivering effective scientific presentations.  


Miscellaneous Resources

Training in myResearchHome

myRESEARCHhome provides a single location for research-related tasks and information, putting relevant applications, resources, and information—specific to you and your projects—at your fingertips. Watch the video. You may also request 1:1 training with Rebecca Brouwer. 


myRESEARCHnavigators team assists Duke researchers and support staff with various research needs.

Duke Office of Research Initiatives

The Duke Office of Research Initiatives is a joint effort of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The office works to facilitate effective research and collaborations for the Duke research community, serving all researchers (faculty, staff and trainees) across Duke's schools, centers and institutes.

Mentor Duke App

Mentor Duke is a free application to help mentors and mentees at Duke schedule, plan, and track mentor/mentee goals and interactions. The app is available to anyone with a Duke NetID and an Apple device.

Individual consultations with CTSA: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Core

To work with an interdisciplinary network of clinical investigators conducting research at Duke by providing expertise in study design, implementation of statistical methodology, and interpretation of results.

Individual consultations with CTSA: Community Engagement Core

The CTSI Community Engagement Core facilitates equitable, authentic, and robust community-engaged research to improve health.

Individual consultations with Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI)

DCHI oversees an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education and research that will produce a new generation of physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health.

Team Science training

To gain an understanding of the principles and practice of team science, complete "The Science of Team Science" module in the COALESCE curriculum. 

IRB and/or IACUC training and certification

All students participating in human or animal research must obtain the proper training and protocol approval (IRB for human research and IACUC for animal research) before they can begin their research.   

Training in the NIH expectations regarding rigor, reproducibility and transparency, and SoM initiative in Scientific Culture and Accountability 

Go to the link and review the information about Scientific Culture and Accountability (SCAP). Talk to your primary mentor and/or department chair about your department's plan for SCAP. You may also contact Dr. Joanna Downer for information about additional SCAP training. 

Enhancing Caregiver Resilience: Burnout and Quality Improvement Course

In this course, participants are provided with real-time feedback on burnout, depression, health behaviors, human limitations, and human nature. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

A 4-day mindfulness training course for professionals, focusing on personal development.

Medical Center Library: Training and consulting

The Medical Center Library teaches literature searching and information management to individuals and groups. They are experts at searching PubMed and other databases and can help you get better results. 

NIH public access policy training

Offered by the Duke Medical Center Library. 


Edge for Scholars is a space for candid discussions about life in academics. 


Finding Funding

Duke University Research Funding Database

Browse and search the continually updated funding database at Duke, fed by most funding sources. 


View an interactive map of available funding by keyword.