ORI Application Portfolio


The Office of Research Informatics currently supports a portfolio of 25 custom and configurable off-the-shelf research applications with more in the pipeline. If you would like more information on our products, please select the appropriate contact link below.

Mobile Apps

Mentor Duke

Mentor Duke is a native iOS custom app that allows junior faculty to track mentoring sessions with more experienced Duke faculty.

Status:   In Production
Contact:  April Feickert 

download on the app store 

Autism & Beyond

Autism & Beyond is a native iOS custom app designed to test the feasibility and acceptability of collection of questionnaire and facial video data about young children via Apple's ResearchKit framework (Autism & Beyond).

Status:   In Production
Contact: April Feickert

download on the app store


Clinical Research Applications


The Duke Biobank is leading an initiative to coordinate and harmonize the separate, independent biobanking activities on campus. As part of its mission, the Duke Biobank is driving the implementation of a centrally managed informatics system for the tracking and management of research samples. The LabVantage LIMS (laboratory information management system) has been chosen by a working group consisting of representative of most of the major biobanks on campus and ORI is executing the implementation. Our goal is to implement a scalable, enterprise-wide, stable and supportable biobanking system.

Status:   In Production
Contact: Joe McClean

Clinical Research Management System (CRMS)

The CRMS will complement and enhance the functionality already available in Maestro Care and other systems. It will the research community:

  • perform work efficiently,
  • monitor work for productivity and compliance, and
  • report on completed work.

We will deploy the application to a stable, scalable environment; migrate verifed-existing data as identified by the business units, train users and build strong interfaces and workflows within and among systems.

Status:   In Development
Contact: Terry Ainsworth

eResearch (Velos)

Velos eResearch is a comprehensive web-based suite of software that provides the ability to set up and manage all aspects of clinical trial studies. This includes:

  • Setting up access rights for those that will access Velos eResearch
  • Creating organizations, groups, and users
  • Recruiting and scheduling patients for studies
  • Obtaining approvals for, designing, and setting up studies
  • Monitoring studies and study protocol compliance
  • Managing study data, budgets, invoices, milestones, and patient samples
  • Managing patient outcome and handling adverse reporting
  • Custom and regulatory reporting and data extraction

Duke currently uses eResearch to track all Oncology studies and patients for the required CTRP (Clinical Trials Reporting Program) requirements from the National Cancer Institute.

Status:   In Production
Contact: Terry Ainsworth

Maestro Care for Research

The Maestro Care Research Optimization project is a collaborative effort between the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), Office of Research Informatics (ORI) and Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS) to improve and enhance Maestro Care for Research. The objective of the Maestro Care Research Optimization plan is to improve capabilities, exercise the full functionality of the system, and to be at the leading edge of Epic Research. The project is broken into three parts: 1- provide additional support with the Maestro Care Research Concierge (MCRC) Service 2-establish a Task Force to  improve the current workflow 3- provide enhanced functionalities. The Research Optimization Committee, (ROC) the governance board for this project, has decided that the first wave of enhanced functionalities offered are Silent Alerts and MyChart Questionnaires for Research. Additional information on the project can be found on the ORI Wiki page.

Want to request an optimization? Follow this link to the Service Now Portal to submit a Research request. A member of the team will follow up to assist you.

Status:  In Production
Contact: Amy Harris Nordo

Retrieve Form for Data Capture (RFD)

RFD is a concrete implementation of the IHE RFD technical framework specification serving the Duke research community. This custom application presents a REDCap survey within Epic Maestro Care, auto-populating survey fields with data from the EHR. Use of RFD will minimize transcription errors, save researcher/clinician time, and improve data provenance.

Status:  In Production
Contact: Amy Harris Nordo
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The CoreResearch application (LabVantage) provides an enterprise informatics system that manages scheduling and billing for Shared Resources across the institution. The Shared Resources product is being developed in several phases.

  • Light Microscopy Core Facility
  • Research Flow Cytometry
  • Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
  • Flow Cytometry Core
  • Cesium Irradiator
  • GSRBII Pantax Irradiator
  • Kastan Irradiator
  • Micro CT Irradiator
  • Duke DiVE
  • Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility
  • Center for Applied Genomics: Biospecimen Repository (CAG): Biospecimen Repository*
  • DNA Biobank*

Status:  In Production
Contact: Joe McClean

Smart Animal Management

SAM is a web-based animal management platform that will enhance communication throughout all levels of the research and animal care teams. It will add insights for PIs into their projects, reduce data entry, increase compliance and improve reporting capabilities.

Status:   In Production
Contact: Joe McClean



myRESEARCHhome, funded through Duke’s Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA), aims to provide an engaging and useful portal for the Duke research community.  Through this custom portal, investigators and research support staff from basic, clinical, and social science disciplines will have access to tailored content and opportunities.  This includes:

  • Single point of access for frequently needed research tools
  • Transparency into status of research projects
  • Personalized notifications
  • Relevant funding and training announcements
  • Opportunities for career development
  • Integration with MyResearchNavigators

Status:  In Production
Contact: Derek Jones
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Research Compliance & Regulatory Applications

COI Form

COI Form allows Duke faculty and staff to electronically submit a Conflict of Interest form. Our user-friendly wizard greatly simplifies the complex disclosure process.

COI Admin

COI Admin allows Duke COI administrators to monitor submitted forms, check incoming awards for potential conflicts, generate reports, and maintain standard reference data.

Status:   In Production
Contact: COI Assistance


The research community uses the Electronic Institutional Review Board (eIRB) to submit studies that involve human subjects to the Duke Medicine IRB for review. New studies and their related amendments, renewals, safety events and closure reports are routed, reviewed, and finalized in the eIRB.

Status:  In Production
Contact: IRB Assistance


Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) allows central compliance offices to manage subrecipient and subcontractor financial conflict disclosures.

Status:  In Production
Contact: COI Assistance

RCC Training Tracker

RCC Training Tracker allows departmental users to view Research Costing Compliance (RCC) training information (e.g., Advanced Grant Management training, OSP Effort training).

Status: In Production
Contact: RCC Assistance

Research Compliance Tracker (RCT)

Research Compliance Tracker (RCT) allows departmental users to view research compliance information. RCT user access is based on SPS rights. RCT users can view potential compliance issues associated with a proposal (e.g., IRB protocol expired) or a person (e.g., no current Conflict of Interest form).

Status: In Production
Contact: Compliance Technical Support

Sponsored Travel

Sponsored Travel allows investigators with PHS research funding to disclose sponsored travel.

Status: In Production
Contact:  Compliance Technical Support

Research Grant Applications


Grants.Duke assists Duke Medical Center and Campus personnel with the electronic submission of grant proposals to federal sponsors. Grants.Duke users can attach supporting documents to a grant proposal that has been entered in the Sponsored Projects System (SPS), then release the proposal for submission. Grants.Duke electronically transmits the proposal to Grants.Gov, then on to the federal sponsor.

Status: In Production
Contact: Grants Assistance

Sponsored Projects System (SPS)

SPS assists Duke Medical Center and Campus personnel with the management of sponsored projects. SPS users can edit grant proposals, route them through the approval process, generate paper forms for government sponsors, and track basic award information. SPS provides standardized proposal information for all sponsors, enforcement of sponsor business rules, decision-support grant reporting across the institution, and electronic routing for review and approval at both the departmental and central office levels.

Status: In Production
Contact: Grants Assistance

Research Explorer (REx)

REx allows administrators to view research space and award information by department or by principal investigator. REx displays space data for the current year and prorated award data by fiscal year.

Status: In Production
Contact: Grants Assistance

Sponsored Effort

Sponsored Effort allows central grant offices to update awarded effort information, and allows departmental users to view active and pending effort for a specific person.

Status: In Production
Contact: Grants Assistance

Subrecipients (Duke)

Subrecipients (Duke) allows Duke personnel to generate Subrecipient Form 1, update subrecipient profile data (e.g., certifications, authorizing official), and administer subrecipient user accounts.

Subrecipients (External)

Subrecipients (External) allows external users to request a user account and update subrecipient profile data (e.g., certifications, authorizing official).

Status: In Production
Contact: Grants Assistance

Data and Analytics

Duke Data Service (DDS)

Duke Data Service provides a unified interface for accessing tiered storage across the University, depending on investigator's needs (e.g. availability, redundancy, cost). This custom service will provide a platform for researchers to perform agile and effective data science via a centralized data storage and provenance service.

  • a service that helps investigators describe the provenance of their data
  • share research with collaborators via URIs with fine-grained ACLs
  • search for data based on provenance metadata
  • externalize URIs for publications
  • educational activities that help SOM researchers and administrators develop best practices in research data management
  • tools that help investigators and administrators understand data resource utilization
  • utilize FRDS APIs for creating applications
  • just as data will be "containerized" with URIs and a standardized API, compute environments (often a stumbling block with reproducibility) will be containerized using Docker.io technology.

Status:   In Production
Contact: April Feickert

Protected Analytics Computing Environment (PACE)

The Protected Analytics Computing Environment (PACE) provides a full function, high capacity environment for analyzing data. PACE is available to Duke researchers and external collaborators; where appropriate, PHI can be housed in an environment that meets best practice standards for data protection covering HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, and FISMA.

Status:  In Development
Contact: James Fayson 


Using REDCap's streamlined process for rapidly developing projects, you may create and design projects using 1) the online method from your web browser using the Online Designer; and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel, which can be later uploaded into REDCap. Both surveys and databases (or a mixture of the two) can be built using these methods.

Status:  In Production
Contact: REDCap Assistance

Research Management Data Mart

The vision of Research Management Data Mart (RMDM) is to create the single source of truth for administrative decision making across Duke Medicine. In order to achieve this we

  • integrate data from base operational systems such as Maestro Care, IRB, Scholars, CTMS, and others to present a complete view of research projects
  • enable the ability to report information across project attributes such as sponsors, investigator, funding types, number of subjects enrolled etc.
  • create reports, dashboards, web services and apps from the data mart to assist in the management of individual projects as well as the CRU’s and Department’s overall research portfolio

For more information, visit ORI Research Data Solutions

Status: In Production
Contact: ORI Reports