OPSD Resources

The goals of the Office of Physician-Scientist Development are to:

  • Develop a sustainable pipeline for physician-scientists in the School of Medicine
  • Coordinate physician-scientist development and community across the School of Medicine
  • Provide infrastructure and resources for physician-scientists in the School of Medicine
  • Increase the number of MDs and MD/PhDs who pursue, succeed, and are retained in basic, clinical, and translational research

OPSD Resources:

OPSD Scholars Concierge Career Mentorship Program


The OPSD Scholars program is for residents, fellows, and junior faculty physician-scientists who have indicated a desire for additional career mentorship in addition to their clinical and research mentorship.  As OPSD Scholars, you have the opportunity to gain mentorship from a Master Mentor in your desired area of research who will provide a wealth of knowledge to support your early investigative career.   OPSD also offers mentor consultation services for Medical Students.

To apply for OPSD Scholar services or mentor consultation,


Resources for Scholars

Research Careers Ahead! Professional Development Series

The Research Careers Ahead! Professional Development Series aims to inspire students, trainees and junior faculty to embrace a research career.  Each session will equip participants with knowledge and skills needed to develop a robust research program as well as provide an opportunity for professional networking with other scientists.  Sessions generally occur the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4pm.  Complete this survey to affect future programming topics.

Register Here for upcoming seminars.

August 26, 2020, 4-5pm

How to Budget and Manage Grant Finances

Deborah Martin, MA

September 23, 2020, 4-5pm

Story-Telling Through Grant Writing: How Grants Get Funded

Irina Mokrova, PhD

 October 28, 2020, 4-5pm

Finding Funding, Onboarding, and Research Navigator Services

Sunita Patil, PhD


To view prior seminars, please see the links below:

Best Practices in Research Project and Proposal Development - Dr. Michael Gunn (July 22, 2020)

In the first of our Fall 2020 Grant Writing Series, Dr. Gunn presents a strategy and workflow that will enhance your ability to develop research projects and will markedly improve the quality of your grant applications.  Common mistakes will be discussed, along with the best way to avoid them.  View links and resources covered in this session here.

Navigating NIH Policies and Guidelines During COVID19 - Dr. Geeta Swamy and Laurianne Torres (June 24, 2020)

This session examines the impact of COVID19 on the grant proposal submission and acceptance process, and review the current guidance from NIH and other sponsors on early stage investigator status, submission timelines, carryforward and no-cost extensions as well as existing guidelines per the NIH grant policy statement. The audience will be oriented on the research administration infrastructure and required processes at Duke.  View links and resources covered in this session here.

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL:  The Physician-Scientist Career in the COVID-19 Era  (May 27, 2020)

In this town hall discusion, panelists Dr. Ann J. Brown, Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor of Medicine,  Dr.  Andrew Alspaugh, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Professor of Medicine, and Catherine Liao, Associate Vice President, Duke Health Government Relations provide brief updates on COVID-19 response and recovery plans from a physician-scientist career perspective as well as address questions related to your unique career support needs during this unprecedented time. View links and resources covered in this session here.

Sharing Your Science Effectively - Karl Bates and Dr. Jory Weintraub (April 22, 2020)

Join us as we help you create a clear, smooth, and compelling introduction that reaches people where THEY are.

Tracking Scholarship + Compliance: ORCID, SciENcv, and the NIH Public Access Policy - Karen Barton and Sarah Cantrell (March 25, 2020)

In this session, we will provide a big picture overview of the ways you can track your scholarship, build biosketches and meaningful personal statements, and ensure compliance with funding agencies.

Running a Successful Lab - Sally Kornbluth, Provost and Jo Rae Wright Univeristy Professor (February 26, 2020)

Join us as Provost Sally Kornbluth discusses all of the elements for success in scientific research—how to hire and manage people, how to select areas of focus, how to budget (time and money!) and how to navigate scientific publishing and meetings.

Effective Team Leadership in the Research Environment - Dr. Mitch Heflin (January 29, 2020)

Join us as Dr. Mitchell Heflin reviews the key elements of effective team building, with an emphasis on working across professions and disciplines

Strategies for Navigating the Academic Job Market - Dr. Lola Fayanju and Dr. Andrew Landstom (November 20, 2019)

 Join us as Drs. Landstrom and Fayanju focus on practical tips and advice on the transition from the end of training to a faculty position from a first-hand perspective. 

Creating a Curriculum Vitae - Dr. Katie Garman (October 23, 2019)

Learn how to tailor a CV to a specific project, and when to use a CV versus resume

Maximizing the Mentor/Mentee Relationship - Dr. Richard Liddle, Dr. Diego Bohorquez and Kelly Buchanan (September 25, 2019)

See how three generations of mentors and mentees present the ingredients for getting the best out of a mentoring relationship

In Pursuit of Hypothesis-Driven Research - Dr. Gerry Blobe (August 28, 2019)

In this seminar, Dr. Blobe covers how the hypothesis fits into the scientific method, how to transition from an idea to a hypothesis, how to structure a hypothesis-driven question, writing and developing a hypothesis, and experimental design to address a hypothesis.

Enhancing Your Visibility as a Scientist - Dr. Matthew Sparks (June 26, 2019)

Making the Most of the Mentoring Relationship - Dr. Cathleen Colon-Emeric (May 22, 2019)

Anatomy of a Scientific Paper - Dr. Andrew Alspaugh (March 27, 2019)

Weekly Funding Announcements

In our effort to empower physician-scientists to launch successful research careers, OPSD would like to welcome you to the Duke Funding Alert.  The Duke Funding Alert provides the latest funding news and information through an online newsletter produced by the Office of Research Support Funding and published on the Duke Funding Opportunities website.

DUKE FUNDING ALERT – July 27, 2020 Issue

COVID-19 Related Funding

Access consolidated COVID-19 resources & services for your research, including these funding opportunities, in myRESEARCHhome.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Duke REACH Equity Center Mentored Career Development Awards

The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is seeking applications for an internal mentored research career development award (CDA) for junior investigators proposing research related to the Center’s theme of addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter.

Although our focus is on intervention, we recognize that the development and testing of an intervention may be beyond the readiness of the science or applicant and/or beyond the scope of this award mechanism.  Therefore, proposals may employ any research method as long as the research addresses disparities in patient-centered care in the clinical encounter, and will clearly lead to the development and testing of an intervention.

For more information and application instructions, visit the REACH Equity Career Development Award web site here.

Application deadline is 5:00pm, December 7, 2020. Funding begins July 2021.


These funding opportunities were posted 7/19/2020  – 7/25/2020:


--National Institutes of Health

--Medical-Basic Science

--Medical-Clinical Science


--Medical Fellow/Resident Funding










See all new opportunities


Comments and Questions:

Duke University campus-based faculty, staff, and students should contact the Office of Research Support Funding Opportunities staff with comments and questions:

Alicia Korenman (Funding Opportunities Specialist & Funding Alert editor)

Duke University Medical Center faculty, staff, and students should contact the Office of Research Administration with comments and questions

See the Funding Opportunities website for subscription information.

Integrated Training Pathways

Support to departments and trainees to enable continuity of research training throughout clinical training, including via the NIH R38 Stimulating Access to Research during Residency (StARR) award
Provide opportunity to apply for technician support during clinical training years and transition to faculty

Physician-Scientist Training Program

  • Coordination of physician-scientist career development didactic series
  • Training in basic laboratory skills and scientific thinking for students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty through informal seminars and networking events, an annual symposium, and the development of formalized Basic Research Training curriculum

Physician-Scientist Funding Program

  • Research funding for medical students, including funding for a second research year during medical school
  • Grant writing support for students, residents and fellows applying for research training and career development funding
  • Administration of the Strong Start Award to support junior faculty physician- scientists through the transition to independence
  • Assistance in finding funding opportunities for physician-scientist trainees and faculty at all career stages
  • Assistance to departments and established physician-scientist mentors seeking training and mentorship funding mechanisms

Other Valuable Duke Resources

Grant Writing Resources

Gopen Writing Seminars (held annually in October/November), presented by the Office for Faculty Development: “Writing from the Reader's Perspective,” a full day seminar based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading. The ideas presented in this workshop have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success. Registration is first-come, first-served with priority given to faculty participants.

Write Winning Grant Proposals (held annually in July), presented by the Office for Faculty Development: This full-day, widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Strategies designed to merit a fundable priority score are emphasized. Registration is first-come, first-served with priority given to faculty participants.

Preparing your first K or R: An Overview

Focusing on the Significance and Innovation Section

Writing Resource Videos from Associate Dean, Research Development, Dr. Joanna Downer

1:1 Consultations for Investigators Whose Primary Language is Not English

Beyond NIH Funding: Note that many foundations and professional societies offer funding that particularly supports early career investigators as they establish their preliminary data for future success in seeking larger NIH proposals. For valuable insights and input, we recommend contacting a faculty member who has served on a foundation or professional society committee or who has been successfully funded by the organization to which you are applying.

Responsible Conduct in Research

The Duke Faculty and Staff RCR Program strengthens our foundation in research integrity and ethics and requires all faculty and staff engaged in research to participate in ongoing Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

The RCR training requirement for faculty and staff is to complete one online, self-directed course (RCR 100) every three years and one collaborative, face-to-face program (RCR 200) every three years.


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