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 individual investigators put forward by their department chair or division chief. While our staff members have scientific backgrounds, we do not provide a primary scientific review but rather 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 here (Duke NetID login is required). For assistance with any toolkit, or help in using the available resources, contact us at

Writing Workshops

We offer a hands-on writing workshop entitled “Effective Communication: Sentence and Story” through the Path to Independence Program and K Club and through other venues upon request. 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: