Office of Research Development Services

Complex Research Grants

We facilitate development of complex research grant proposals led by faculty at the School of Medicine. Complex research grants are defined not by dollar amount but by the complexity of the application and proposed program itself. Complex proposals typically have multiple projects and/or multiple cores, although application structures vary depending on the funding agency or organization. Examples include NIH P01, P30, P50, U19, and U54 mechanisms. Available services include advice and guidance, project management, template preparation, and editing and integration of the application.

Services for Individual Investigators

We provide consultation and editing services to a limited number of faculty-level individual investigators put forward by their department chair or division chief. While our staff members have scientific backgrounds, our intent is not to provide a primary scientific review but rather to help ensure the proposed work is communicated clearly and effectively. We can be especially valuable in helping investigators respond effectively to reviewer critiques.

Grant Development Toolkits

The Duke School of Medicine's Office of Research Development is developing tools for others' use in developing grant applications. We currently have available toolkits for certain applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and will be developing and posting similar materials for other grant mechanisms and other sponsors. Our toolkits are available on MyResearchPath, accessible via MyResearchHome (Duke NetID login is required; see in particular "Write and Refine Proposal" content). Templates for NIH/AHRQ Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Attachments can be found there as well. For assistance with any toolkit, or help in using the available resources, contact us at

Writing Workshops

We have offered a hands-on writing workshop entitled “Effective Communication: Sentence and Story” through through a variety of venues. If you are interested in having us present on this or another topic, please contact the Associate Dean for Research Development, Joanna Downer, at or (919) 681-8272.

Other Resources

Similar grant development services are provided for faculty in the following departments and in units outside of the Duke School of Medicine: