Resources for Scholars

Trent Center Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course

The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine provides an annual five-session course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education.  

Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than their white counterparts. Research to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health is a national priority. The Duke HDRC is designed to increase knowledge and skill in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research thru a curriculum of monthly sessions. 

Writing Workshops

This series of hands-on workshops is based on George Gopen’s seminar, "Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective." We now offer these workshops through the Path to Independence Program and K Club and through other venues upon request. If you are interested in having us present on this or another topic, please contact Joanna Downer at or (919) 681-8272.

Clinical Research Training Program

The Duke University School of Medicine's Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) provides physicians, investigators and other healthcare professionals with the rigorous academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research required to excel in today's dynamic clinical research environment.  The program's degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research awarded by the Duke School of Medicine.

K Club

The K Club is designed to assist junior faculty preparing external career development  grant applications (e.g., K23, K01).  K Club consists of structured reviews and feedback on grant applications by experienced senior faculty who have served as reviewers for the NIH. (If your next grant is an R01, choose Path to Independence instead of K-club)  

Write Winning Grants

This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is an all-day program, held once a year (typically in July). Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers.

Demystifying the NIH Peer Review Process

Review this slide presentation from a director at the NIH Center for Scientific Review to get familiar with the NIH review process.

LEADER Program  

This interactive 3-day workshop is designed for junior faculty who are leading a research group. It provides insight into leadership and team-building, as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific laboratory or research program, how to improve productivity, and how to harness creativity and innovation.  

Duke Office for Faculty Development

The Duke Office for Faculty Development offers grant-writing workshops, leadership development programs, a professional development seminar series and networking events.

Understanding appointments, promotion, and tenure at Duke

The School of Medicine provides guidelines and resources for faculty as they consider their progression through the Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (APT) process.  

Presenting Clinical and Translational Science (PCATS) Video Series

This series of videos introduces principles and techniques for developing and delivering effective scientific presentations.  

Training in myResearchHome

myRESEARCHhome provides a single location for research-related tasks and information, putting relevant applications, resources, and information—specific to you and your projects—at your fingertips. Watch the video. You may also request 1:1 training. 


myRESEARCHnavigators team assists Duke researchers and support staff with various research needs.

Duke Office of Research Initiatives

The Duke Office of Research Initiatives is a joint effort of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the School of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The office works to facilitate effective research and collaborations for the Duke research community, serving all researchers (faculty, staff and trainees) across Duke's schools, centers and institutes.

Individual consultations with CTSA: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

Work with an interdisciplinary network of clinical investigators conducting research at Duke by providing expertise in study design, implementation of statistical methodology, and interpretation of results.

Individual consultations with CTSA: Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI)

The CERI Core facilitates equitable, authentic, and robust community-engaged research to improve health.

Individual consultations with Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI)

DCHI oversees an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education and research that will produce a new generation of physicians, nurses, and health care administrators with expertise in aggregation, analysis, and use of informatics to improve human health.

Team Science training

To gain an understanding of the principles and practice of team science, complete "The Science of Team Science" module in the COALESCE curriculum. 

IRB and/or IACUC training and certification

All students participating in human or animal research must obtain the proper training and protocol approval (IRB for human research and IACUC for animal research) before they can begin their research.   

Training in the NIH expectations regarding rigor, reproducibility and transparency, and SoM initiative in Scientific Culture and Accountability 

Review the information about Scientific Culture and Accountability (SCAP). Talk to your primary mentor and/or department chair about your department's plan for SCAP. You may also contact Dr. Joanna Downer for information about additional SCAP training. 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

A 4-day mindfulness training course for professionals, focusing on personal development.

Medical Center Library: Training and consulting

The Medical Center Library teaches literature searching and information management to individuals and groups. They are experts at searching PubMed and other databases and can help you get better results. 

NIH public access policy training

Offered by the Duke Medical Center Library. 


Edge for Scholars is a space for candid discussions about life in academics. 

Duke University Research Funding Database

Browse and search the continually updated funding database at Duke, fed by most funding sources.