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Key Services Offered by Research Development

Service Descriptions

National Institutes of Health R01, R03, or R21 Awards

Services Offered to Junior Faculty or Faculty New to NIH Proposals

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for required attachments
  • Draft facilities/resources and equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Services Offered to Experienced Faculty or Faculty With Prior NIH Funding

  • Initial consultation
  • Provide templates with instructions for required attachments
  • Draft facilities/resources and equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

National Institutes of Health P-series, U-series, or Other Complex NIH Awards

Services Offered to All Faculty

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for all required attachments
  • Draft facilities/resources and equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

National Institutes of Health T32, K12, or Other Training Program Awards

Services Offered to All Faculty

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for all required attachments
  • Draft facilities/resources and equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statementsbiosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

National Institutes of Health K-series or Other Career Development Awards 

Services Offered to Junior Faculty

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for required attachments
  • Draft facilities/resources and equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statementsbiosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Department of Defense (DoD) Awards

Services Offered to Junior Faculty or Faculty New to DoD Proposals

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/Weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for required attachments
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statementsbiosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Draft technical and lay abstracts and other ancillary documents
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Services Offered to Experienced Faculty or Faculty With Prior DoD Funding

  • Initial consultation
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Other Federal and Foundation Awards (Direct Costs $150,000 or More per Year)

Services Offered to All Faculty

  • Initial consultation
  • Monthly/Weekly meetings
  • Develop timeline and application checklist for all components
  • Provide templates with instructions for all required attachments
  • Draft Facilities/Resources and Equipment sections
  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit initial draft of all proposal sections and provide feedback
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Other Federal and Foundation Awards (Direct Costs Less Than $150,000 per Year)

Services Offered to All Faculty

  • Edit biosketches and tailor personal statements
  • Draft and request letters of support
  • Review and edit final proposal prior to submission

Fellowships (F32, etc.)

  • No services provided
  • Support for trainees is offered via other departmental resources

Internal Funding (DCRI, DCI, etc.)

  • No services provided

Identifying Potential Sources of Project Funding

  • Idea development. Surgery Research Development (SRD) meets with the Principal Investigator (PI) to discuss their research idea, understand the scientific background that is the basis for the idea and for the PI to explain their idea to a non-specialist on the topic.
  • Strategic funding opportunity meetings. SRD meets weekly to review open and upcoming funding opportunities to identify ones that are relevant or of interest for Surgery faculty. We provide direct, personalized recommendations for faculty members and will discuss strategies for pursuing one or more opportunities.

Surgery Translational Research Collaborations Network

  • “Big” funding announcements. SRD works with PIs to organize research teams around large funding announcements such as Program Project Grants (PPGs; e.g., NIH P01, DoD Team Science).
  • Topic area specific interests. SRD organizes discussion groups around topic areas of interest with Surgery faculty and collaborators within Duke (e.g., Neurology, Biomedical Engineering, Anesthesiology) and external to Duke (e.g., UNC, NCSU) to identify research resources and foster new research activity.

Proposal Development

  • Complex, individual investigator, and training grant proposals. SRD coordinates the proposal process, helping teams prepare responsive and compliant grant submissions that are aligned with sponsor and institutional goals.
  • Substantive editing of proposal content. SRD performs technical editing of scientific sections and drafts and edits supporting proposal documentation, such as Facilities and Resources attachments.
  • Saving you time. SRD creates and maintains templates and checklists (with instructions) as well as proposal writing timelines that are tailored for your specific proposal.

Strategic Support

  • Supporting departmental initiatives. SRD provides support and management in areas identified as departmental priorities, such as the Surgical Center for Outcomes Research (SCORES).
  • Internal grant review. SRD coordinates review of proposals internally both for external proposal submissions as well as for internal pilot grant programs.
  • Faculty development. SRD offers specialized, comprehensive support and training for junior faculty and those new to the grants process.

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?

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