A Special Message from Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation R. Sanders Williams, MD

R. Sanders "Sandy" Williams, MD

Dear Research Community at Duke,

This was a strong year for research at Duke, despite the constraints of COVID-19. Our faculty continued to succeed in discovery, invention, and translation, the pillars of our research mission. Duke is enjoying favorable trends in metrics of success in these endeavors.

In support of this mission, the Office for Research & Innovation is undergoing a reorganization, as we explore fresh approaches to help faculty succeed in their research, and to make their findings useful to society through translation, commercialization, and partnerships.

We continue also to assist faculty in assuring integrity, safety, and responsibility in research, and in meeting regulatory obligations and other requirements placed on us by sponsors. We are actively engaged in conversations with Deans and faculty to help us optimize our processes relating to responsible conduct of research.

All of us should take pride in these accomplishments, and join together as One Duke in our commitment to continuous advancement in all features of our research mission and its administration.

Aspiringly yours,

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R. Sanders Williams

R. Sanders "Sandy" Williams, MD

Interim Vice President for Research & Innovation

 

 

At a Glance

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$1.2B Total Research Expenditures

Duke University’s research expenditures consistently exceed $1 billion per year, putting us among the top ten research universities in the country. By this measure and many others, Duke is one of the world’s leading research institutions.

$708M Federally Sponsored Research

The federal government’s investments in research are key to Duke’s success. Funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the military branches, and even NASA put Duke among the top ten universities in the nation for federal support while returning significant federal tax dollars to our state.

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374 New Inventions

Disclosure is the first step in making a research discovery into an innovation that can benefit society. Duke’s disclosures have grown steadily over the last decade. Digital innovations comprise a growing portion of these discoveries.

13 New Startups

Duke’s research innovations often go on to create economic opportunities and new jobs. Of the 13 startups created in FY21, more than 70 percent have a headquarters in North Carolina.

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$40M to North Carolina Businesses

Duke’s research expenditures include working with vendors throughout North Carolina for services, equipment and supplies. Research funds supported vendors in 55 North Carolina counties last year.

 

Research by the Numbers

$1.2 billion

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Issued U.S. Patents

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374

Invention Disclosures

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2,626

Grants

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115

Awards & Honors

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11,727

Publications

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Research Highlights

ABC Science Collaborative Shows Schools Can Be Reopened Safely With Masks

June 2021

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‘Ghost Forests’ Emerge on the North Carolina Coast

April 2021

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Recent Traces of Human Adaptation in the Cabo Verde Islands

January 2021

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AI Analyzes Retinal Scans to Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

November 2020

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Duke-Designed Ventilator Splitter Goes to Emergency FDA Review

September 2020

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Testing Tool Can Quickly Distinguish Between Viral and Bacterial Infections

May 2021

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Lab Recreates Madagascar’s Seasons, Putting Lemurs Into True Hibernation

March 2021

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Exercising Muscle Combats Chronic Inflammation On Its Own

January 2021

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Duke’s SARS-Cov-2 Testing Program Recognized Nationally

November 2020

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Innovative Leader in Quantum Computing Joins Pratt Faculty

August 2020

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New Vaccine Blocks COVID-19, Variants and Other Coronaviruses

May 2021

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Duke Sequences Genes From COVID Tests, Finds Variants in Durham

March 2021

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A Synthetic Polymer Tough Enough for the Human Knee

November 2020

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DNA’s Mistakes Inadvertently ‘Locked In’ by Transcription Factors‘

October 2020

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Duke Starts Trial of Promising COVID Antibody Treatment

July 2020

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