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Research at Downstate Medical Center


The OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS (OSA) provides oversight and support for key elements of Downstate's research infrastructure including the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Clinical Trials, and the Division of Comparative Medicine, formerly the Division Laboratory Animal Research (DLAR).  Together with the OFFICE OF RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION (post-award), we provide the academic and administrative support functions required by Downstate, the Research Foundation and sponsors to assist the faculty in the preparation, submission and administration of their sponsored research, training and public service program applications and awards.

Below are links to campus resources and up-to-date information regarding funding opportunities (e.g. see Research Flash), materials for the preparation, submission and conduct of sponsored research projects and other research-related items. More detailed material can be found through the links on the left.

Funding Opportunities for New and Early Stage Investigators

The link below will take you to funding information from NIH concerning new and early stage investigators.

Research Administration in Support of New and Early Stage Investigators

Research Flash

Downstate's Research Flash newsletter provides our research community with up-to-date information about newsworthy items from NIH, funding opportunities, services provided by the Office of Scientific Affairs (OSA), and other timely news. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Required Training Resources

Downstate investigators and staff can receive required research ethics training from the CITI Program at:

The suite of training modules includes:

• Animal Care and Use
• Biosafety and Biosecurity
• Export Control
• Good Clinical Practice
• Human Subjects Research
• Information Privacy and Security
• Responsible Conduct of Research

Training in the Transportation of Biohazardous Material and Dangerous Goods is available at:

By federal law, any person who causes dangerous goods to be transported by a public carrier must follow specific regulations and must have proof of training. In a laboratory environment, investigators and their staff are among those that require training.
Upon completion of this open access course provided by Mayo Clinic, you will be eligible to take an online self-assessment quiz to obtain a dangerous goods shipping training completion certificate. Please retain this in your records so you will be able to document training when funding agencies ask for proof of training.

 Useful Information for NIH Grant Applicants

Before embarking upon the development of an NIH grant application, it's important to know several things to help you improve your chances for success.  First and foremost, you should know what a successful proposal looks like.  The current federal funding era is highly competitive with declining success rates. Understanding how the NIH makes decisions about who gets funded is also something that competing stakeholders should know.  Finally, it's interesting to know who those stakeholders are (degree types) and when, in their careers, they are most likely to get funded.  Below are some resources to help you get started.

Resources for Grant Applications

Downstate Intramural Grant Award Program

Other Resources for Investigators and Trainees

Information about Downstate Research Fellowships

Information about Downstate Research Programs