Research Development

Research development is a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. The Surgery Research Development (SRD) team includes these activities in building and supporting strategic priorities of the Department and individual interests of faculty members.


Research Development Areas of Thematic Focus



  • Convening groups of investigators surrounding common research themes to identify potential new collaborations and funding priorities
  • Maintaining current understanding ongoing/potential research projects and faculty interests and finding targeted funding opportunities for which they are eligible
  • Identifying potential sources of project funding and distributing to relevant faculty members


  • Engaging potential collaborators (speakers, visitors, etc.) internal and external to Duke
  • Connecting researchers to internal resources to supplement research projects, such as Cores, laboratory facilities, and departmental resources
  • Distributing relevant large-scale funding opportunities for which a critical mass of investigators exists in Surgery and convening proposal planning meetings


  • Coordinating and managing complex, individual investigator, and training grant proposals
    • Helping teams prepare responsive and compliant grant submissions that are aligned with sponsor and institutional goals
    • Aiding in development and refinement of project aims
    • Strategizing and identifying funding sources to aid in obtaining preliminary data
    • Engaging internal and external resources and expertise to support project development
    • Working in tandem with research administration to ensure alignment between budget and scientific goals
  • Performing technical editing of scientific sections and draft and editing supporting proposal documentation
  • Creating and maintaining templates and checklists


  • Providing specific support for research priorities identified by the Department
  • Managing start-up of new departmental initiatives

Working with Research Development

Are you ready to discuss a project?  Looking for help with identifying resources and collaborators?  In need of technical editing of your proposal? Not sure how to get started?