Other Programs

The Office of Research Initiatives offers other services and programming geared to researchers across the institution.

Foundations of Research Success Seminar Series

In fall 2023, the Duke Office of Research Initiatives is excited to offer Foundations of Research Success: a seminar series of research how-tos and resources at Duke. This seminar series is tailored for School of Medicine and School of Nursing researchers and provides both practical information for navigating key research topic areas, as well as opportunities to engage with peers and research leadership. Those outside of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing are welcome to attend, though the content may not be as relevant.  

All seminar sessions are virtual (via Zoom) and there is no cost to attend. See seminar descriptions below, and use the registration form to register for all sessions in which you are interested.

Core Sessions

Core sessions are 90 minutes and include an opportunity to engage with peers and research leadership in addition to a presentation on how-tos and resources from subject matter experts in that topic area. Sessions marked with an * will provide RCR 200 credit for those who attend the full duration of the seminar. 

Finding and Apply for Funding  - Tuesday, September 5 12:00-1:30pm

Presenters and facilitators: Laurianne Torres, Alicia Korenman, Anita Shirley, Dana Sanders


Data Management Planning* - Wednesday, September 13 12:00-1:30pm

Presenters and facilitators: Warren Kibbe, Jenny Ariansen, Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Terri West


Navigating Institutional Approvals - Thursday, September 21 12:00-1:30pm

Presenters and facilitators: Geeta Swamy, Angie Padget, Anna Hampton, Courtney Stanion, Derek Jones, Rebecca Brouwer


Disseminating Your Research* - Monday, September 25 12:00-1:30pm

Presenters and Facilitators: Isaretta Riley, Monica Lemmon, Jen Darragh, Karl Bates, Megan Von Isenburg, Michael Musty


Special Interest Sessions 

Special Interest Sessions are 60 minutes and include how-tos and resources on topics that may be more specific to certain audiences or research disciplines.

Budget Development - Tuesday, October 3 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Dana Sanders, Kristina Balderson

  • In this seminar will guide attendees through the key elements of developing an accurate and complete budget.


International Research - Thursday, October 5 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Broderick Grady, Daniel Vick, Gerald Bloomfield, Kelly Deal

  • This seminar highlights the complexities involved in international research, as well as the offices available to support navigating international research activities and collaborations.


Utilizing EHR Data  - Tuesday, October 10 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Armando Bedoya, Shannon Widman

  • This seminar will help attendees understand the parameters, processes, and approvals needed to obtain access to Duke EHR data


Grant Financial Management - Thursday, October 12 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Chelsea Penumarthy, Christoph Hornik, Deborah Martin, Derek Jones

  • This seminar will address the requirements and best practices for managing finances on sponsored projects, as well as discuss tools and resources available for effort and financial management.


Translation and Commercialization - Tuesday, October 17 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Pearce Jackson, Robin Rasor

  • This seminar will review the process and support for potential intellectual property resulting from research at Duke. Subject matter experts will address marketability, potential funding sources or commercial partners, new business start-up considerations, and institutional policies and procedures.


Publications and Authorship - Thursday, October 19 12:00-1:00pm

Presenters: Megan Von Isenburg, Paolo Mangiafico

  • This seminar will review considerations for academic publications generated from research at Duke, including authorship, funding, and journal selection.


Register for seminar sessions

Gopen Writing Seminar  

An in-person seminar by Dr. George Gopen in which attendees learn to apply and practice new principles and techniques of writing. 

Registration is closed for the 2023 seminar offering


Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals  

A virtual seminar from Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops focusing on writing successful NIH grant proposals.  

Registration is closed for the 2023 seminar offering


Write Winning NIH Career Development Award Proposals 

A virtual seminar from Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops focusing on writing a successful NIH Career Development Award grant proposal. 

Registration is closed for the 2023 seminar offering

Writing Groups for Researchers

We facilitate programming around scholarly writing including writing groups and retreats. These programs are offered in collaboration with Duke Faculty Write (an initiative of the Thompson Writing Program), the Office of Campus Research Development, and the Office for Faculty Advancement. We aim to bring together researchers at various levels from across Duke, regardless of discipline and writing project. To see our current offerings visit our Events page or email us researchinitiatives@duke.edu

Special thanks to the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (UL1TR002553) and the Trent Foundation for funding.