The Research Project Management Core (RPMC), which is currently in a pilot stage, is a core within the Duke Office of Research Initiatives to provide project management support for non-clinical research projects. The RPMC is made up of project managers with a variety of skillsets and backgrounds who can be efforted out on short-term or long-term research projects at varying levels of effort.

Related support may be available through other entities, such as the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR), the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the Duke University Libraries (DUL). The RPMC can help identify the appropriate service.

Example services the RPMC can provide


  • Coordinate and plan meetings and events
  • Manage communications, websites, and social media 
  • Manage reporting, project milestones, and deliverables



  • Advise on resources and best practices for recruitment, data management, and other project aspects 
  • Liaise between collaborators and grants management staff for award or project start-up activities
  • Develop and review project plans, protocols, and study materials
  • Assist with recruitment and retention efforts
  • Advise and assist with dissemination of research findings



  • Team facilitation and elicitation of shared research goals
  • Develop standard procedures to train project personnel
  • Assist with recruitment and hiring of students or trainees
  • Mentor project personnel to manage the project independently


  • Liaise with research development and administrative staff
  • Develop and drive proposal timelines
  • Organize and coordinate file sharing 



  • Pair partial project management needs to create a shared full-time position
  • Assist with writing job descriptions for project management positions
  • Provide training opportunities for students and research personnel to learn project management skills

Effort Costs and Allocations

Estimated costs for effort from the RPMC include the current fringe benefit rates and the salary of the assigned project manager. Costs depend on the complexity of needs of the project and background of the project manager assigned. Current monthly rates are $350-500 per 5% effort.

Effort may be allocated to sponsored funds (as allowable in the terms and conditions of the award), internal awards, or departmental/discretionary funds. Estimated costs do not include any allocated Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rates, if applicable. F&A rates should be discussed with the assigned grant manager to determine total overall costs.

Options may be available for those who do not currently have funds available - contact the RPMC Director to discuss.


Request Project Management Support

Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure appropriate staffing for the request. The RPMC may need to hire additional personnel to meet larger effort requests. Questions may be directed to

Project Management Request Form

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