myRESEARCHnavigators help investigators identify relevant resources, connect with experts, and understand processes and best practices for performing or planning research at Duke.

Have a question or want to schedule a consult or onboarding?

Contact the Navigators

through our service offerings, we:

  • Provide guidance on research processes and requirements
  • Locate available services and resources, both on-campus and externally
  • Help find Duke faculty or staff for potential collaborations
  • Identify funding opportunities

The easiest way to reach us is by emailing, or by navigating to the Research Help widget in myRESEARCHhome



1:1 Onboarding and Consultations

The myRESEARCHnavigators team provides 1:1 onboarding and consultation services to researchers across the institution. The consultations are mandatory for new research faculty within 90 days of hire/faculty appointment and first-time Principal Investigators (including non-regular rank) applying for external grant opportunities.

What happens in an onboarding session? Researchers meet 1:1 with a navigator to describe their research portfolio, projects, and research goals. Our team will guide you through best practices, what to expect, and helpful resources (e.g., finding funding, data and computing solutions, key offices, etc.). We’ll provide an overview of the myRESEARCHhome and myRESEARCHpath platforms.

  • What is the deadline for completion?  New Duke researchers must complete the session within 90 days of hire. The onboarding requirement for new PIs is recommended before any proposals are submitted, and must be completed prior to processing external awards.


research STAFF onboarding / orientation

The myRESEARCHnavigators team provides voluntary, group-based research staff onboardings as an introduction to the research enterprise at Duke. It is intended for all University research and laboratory staff in non-clinical research positions.  

What happens during a staff onboarding session? Navigators will provide a tailored overview of Duke resources and services related to planning, managing, and conducting research.  Some sessions are geared to those working in bench/basic sciences, and others are geared to those working with human participants and their data.

What topics are covered during the staff onboarding?

  • Key central offices and their roles
  • Training and other requirements
  • Review of centralized services
  • Review of data/computing resources
  • Discussion and guidance about Duke University research policies, procedures, and systems
  • Overview of myRESEARCHhome and myRESEARCHpath


Sessions are offered twice a month on the 3rd Tuesday from 10am-12 pm or the 4th Thursday from 10am-12 pm.

Register here

myRESEARCHnavigators are supported by the Office for Research & Innovation and through the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant UL1TR002553.

The Research Navigator Team

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