Helping Faculty Members Navigate the Campus’ Vast Research Infrastructure
CFE has compiled a list of resources across campus that offer research-related guidance, services, and opportunities for faculty. They are categorized by broad research approaches to help you determine which might be most useful to you.
For all researchers:
- Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is responsible for research compliance oversight at UNC-CH. Use this guide to determine your research compliance responsibilities as an investigator.
- Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is your go-to for pre-award and post-award grants management of sponsored research and projects. Click here to see who is the OSR contact for your department. If you are in the School of Medicine, you will use its Sponsored Programs Office (SPO).
- Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, if you plan on hiring or have postdoc(s) working with you. All postdocs should know about this office and the services and guidance they can provide to them.
- Office of Research Development helps faculty with innovative, cross-disciplinary, and transformational research efforts.
- Office for Undergraduate Research can help you if you are interested in mentoring and engaging undergraduates in your research.
- University Libraries provides many services to support faculty research, including assistance with planning for research data management and literature reviews.
- ITS Research Computing provides a variety of computational resources and other support in the form of consultations to determine research computing needs, training, and data storage.
For laboratory and animal researchers:
- Core Facilities provides a wide range of services to the research community, including cutting edge technologies, high-end instrumentation, technical support, and education. Our facilities are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Check out their searchable database to find the Core Facility most useful to your research.
- Environmental Health & Safety is your one-stop shop if you run or are planning to run a lab. If you are a new Principal Investigator, click here to learn what is expected of you.
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is responsible for reviewing all animal care applications using vertebrate animals, ensuring compliance with federal animal welfare regulations, inspecting animal facilities and investigator laboratories, investigating animal concerns, and overseeing training and educational programs. If you are a new Principal Investigator, click here to learn what is expected of you if you plan to do research with animals in your lab.
- Office of Technology Development offers 10 Things to Know to faculty on developing inventions.
For human subjects researchers:
- IRB and the Office of Human Research Ethics requires human subjects training for any investigator, student, or research team member involved in conducting research with human subjects. IRB protocols can be submitted online.
- NC TraCS Institute offers an array of programs and services to assist researchers through all phases of the process of translating basic science discoveries into meaningful health advances for human populations.
- Office of Clinical Trials provides assistance to clinical trial investigators when negotiating contracts with industry-sponsored research and assistance with registering investigator-initiated trials in clinicaltrials.gov.
For social science researchers:
- Odum Institute provides a range of consulting services and workshops on quantitative and qualitative methods, GIS and spatial analysis, survey research, and data management in the social sciences. Many of the methods could be useful to human subjects researchers too.
- Carolina Center for Public Service: For faculty who are involved in community engaged research in some capacity, this center offers competitive scholarships to faculty to focus on their engaged scholarship through the Faculty Engaged Scholarship Program.