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Last Updated: May 22, 2020


For the most up-to-date information and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Duke Coronvirus Response website.

Watch the FBI alert video concerning the malicious targeting of COVID-19 research by cybercriminals here.

Duke scholars are working to advance our understanding of COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, from basic science to translational medicine to clinical care—as well as to address concerns related to the pandemic from a variety of disciplines. For the latest information about COVID-19-related advances, visit Duke’s Coronavirus News site.

To ensure the safety of our workforce as we well as to enhance our ability to facilitate critical research, Duke’s Biological Safety Division of the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) has developed a set of biosafety policies for research activities with SARS-CoV-2.

  • All proposed clinical and laboratory-based research/activities with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or with biospecimens containing the virus, requires prior OESO review and approval. Researchers must complete the COVID-19 Research/Activities Notification Form and the required SOP (standard operating procedure) form, including the biosafety level proposed for the work.
  • If the research/activity involves recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, an application for registration must be submitted to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). For more information, visit the IBC webpage.
  • For human subject research protocol submissions to the Duke Health IRB in iRIS, please check “IBC review.”
  • Please contact the OESO's Biological Safety Division at biosafety@dm.duke.edu or call 919-684-8822 with additional questions.

Proposed or current COVID-19-related studies/activities in the social sciences, health policy, epidemiology, etc., must also complete the COVID-19 Research/Activities Notification Form as appropriate. The information captured in this form will help Duke to report the COVID-19-related activities on campus to federal, state, and local agencies.

Related FAQs

A consolidated list of COVID-19 related funding opportunities can be found in the COVID-19 Research Dashboard in myRESEARCHhome. There you can find relevant internal and external funding announcements from various sponsors along with other forms, resources, and support related to COVID-19 research.

Send any new COVID-19 related funding opportunities to fundopps@duke.edu for curation and inclusion in myRESEARCHhome.