In partnership, the Office of Research and Innovation (OR&I), Research Computing, and Data Security support the computational and data needs of provost area faculty, staff and students using sensitive or regulated data for their research.  Researchers within the Schools of Medicine or Nursing can receive assistance from their Clinical Research Unit for projects involving regulated data.  

Coordination services for these projects are provided directly by OR&I:

  • Assists researchers outside of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing in assessing the need for, and coordinating to obtain, research approvals and documents (including Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Data Management Plans (DMPs), and IRB protocols).
  • Coordinates with OIT to ensure that Duke can adequately meet the computational and technical requirements of the research.  
  • Provides administrative oversight for projects with regulatory or contractual needs.
  • Provides consultations to researchers working with data providers or complex, sensitive data.

Help is available for regulated data projects.

You don't need to have all the details of your project worked out --  fill in what you know and we will discuss next steps. Our staff will guide you through the process and requirements.

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When should I consider contacting OR&I about my research data?

Researchers in provost area schools should consider using these services when working with primary or secondary data that requires a data contract/agreement, or anything classified as Sensitive according to the Duke standard. This can include much data obtained from external data providers, as well as financial or HR data, or data regulated by HIPAA, FERPA, etc.


What are the costs?

The costs of network space supporting your project will depend upon your computational needs. Access to the consultations, regulatory, and administrative services is free.


I need help with my existing PRDN project

Users of the PRDN, which will be transitioned to a new enclave soon, should use this request form for assistance. Completion of this request form will generate a Service Now ticket.

Access instructions for the PRDN can be found here.

Contact for questions about working with regulated data


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