Navigating the research landscape at Duke can be complicated, particularly for faculty and staff new to Duke or new to research. Across the institution, there are more than 40 offices, centers, and institutes involved in supporting research endeavors. As one School of Medicine clinical research staff member described, knowing where to access the necessary policies, guidance, and resources “can be overwhelming.”
To help researchers more easily access the information they need, the Duke Office of Research Initiatives has spearheaded the development of a new tool that aims to 1) harmonize the location of information available from Duke research support offices, and 2) guide users towards requirements, policies, consultations, and helpful resources organized by tasks within the research project life cycle. For example, if a faculty member is working on a funding proposal, they can navigate to the “Develop the budget and justification” task and find guidance, policies, tools, templates, and other resources from the many groups at Duke that are involved in this step within the research lifecycle.
This new tool, myRESEARCHpath, brings together information so researchers can easily access the information they need to navigate tasks throughout the various stages of a project life cycle. A University grants and contracts manager who was given early access to the tool is most excited about myRESEARCHpath “encompassing the entire research process from idea generation to closeout, all in one place.”
Additional features of the tool include the ability to apply filters based on project inclusions and oversight, utilize a curated search, and connect to the appropriate support office when you need more personalized assistance. myRESEARCHpath will be available to the research community at the end of January, and will be accessed through myRESEARChome. A live demo of the site will also be featured in Duke Research Week during the Tuesday, January 26 8:30am session. The tool is funded with support from the Office of Research and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute.