Research Support Offices

The School of Medicine research support offices provide assistance to faculty and staff related to the conduct of basic, translational and clinical research:

  • Clinical Trials Development and Implementation
  • Compliance and Safety
  • Proposal Writing
  • Grants and Contracts (Pre-Award and Post-Award Administration)
  • Corporate Research Collaborations
  • Licensing and Ventures
  • Regulatory Affairs


Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR)
DOCR supports the Clinical Research Units (CRUs) including all School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students by developing the navigation, tools, and training for the conduct of clinical research in which Duke serves as an investigative site.

Duke Office of Research Support (Funding Opportunities)
Duke’s Office of Research Support provides information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
IACUC represents society's concerns regarding the welfare of animal subjects used and is the conscience for the institute on animal welfare concerns.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The IRB ensures the protection of human research subjects by conducting scientific and ethical review of research studies while providing leadership and education for the research community.

Internal Audit Office
The Office of Internal Audits is responsible for evaluating the internal controls environment for financial transactions, operational activities, compliance objectives and information technology infrastructure.

Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO)
OESO promotes a safe environment for the Duke Community while providing expertise in safety and health in a friendly, responsive and enthusiastic manner.

Office of Audit, Risk & Compliance
The Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance oversees compliance activities across Duke.

Office of Corporate Research and Collaboration (OCRC) 
OCRC Is responsible for research-related interactions with commercial entities including clinical trials, non-clinical sponsored research, material transfers, and other related endeavors. OCRC also has intellectual property management responsibilities, particularly those arising from, or closely associated with, commercially sponsored research projects.

Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving
The Office of Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving supports priority Duke Health initiatives by serving as the interface between Duke Health faculty programs and projects and the grant-making organizations, including foundations and corporations, that support basic science research, clinical research, medical and allied health education, and healthcare delivery.

Office of Licensing & Ventures (OLV)
The OLV is responsible for patents, technology licenses and new venture development for Duke University, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Health System.

Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality (ORAQ) 
The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality provides guidance and support to academic investigators involved in development of or research with drugs, biologics, medical devices or tobacco products.

Office of Research Administration (ORA) 
The Office of Research Administration (ORA), 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.

Office of Research Development
The Office of Research Development provides services to both individual investigators and teams of investigators to help ensure submission of high quality grant applications.

Office of Research Informatics (ORI)
The Office of Research Informatics is a group of research technology professionals who provide biomedical informatics and research computing services to Duke researchers, allowing them to perform transformative research that will drive the research and educational goals of Duke Health.

Office of Research Support
This University office, under the guidance of the Vice Provost for Research, oversees several administrative areas for research: the Grants, Contracts, & Compliance group; the Funding Opportunities group; the Office of Human Subjects Protection; and the Office of Export Controls.

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
The Office of Sponsored Programs performs the post-award administration of sponsored projects.

Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) Clinical Trials Billing
The PRMO provides billing support for research projects and establishes standards for clinical trial billing throughout the institution.