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Office of Research Administration

Downstate Medical Center


The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides oversight and support for all elements of Downstate's research infrastructure including the Pre- and Post Award Divisions, 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.  We provide all research-related academic and administrative support functions for the SUNY Downstate community through the SUNY Research Foundation. We work closely with sponsors and we 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, 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.

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.

Training Sessions Offered by ORA

The Office of Research Administration will now be offering quarterly training sessions to discuss sponsored projects and research administration; ranging from important updates of sponsor policies and new forms to internal changes in process and policy, as well as other items.  We expect these sessions to provide a fundamental and essential overview of research administration, as well as answer any Pre- and Post-award questions you may have.  Click here for the 2015-2016 schedule.


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

New Biosketch Requirements

NIH will require use of a new biosketch format in applications for research grants submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2015 ( . Between now and that time, applicants will have the choice of using the old or new biosketch format. the primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher’s discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings. This change will help reviewers evaluate you not by where you’ve published or how many times, but instead by what you’ve accomplished. Hopefully, this change will redirect the focus of reviewers and the scientific community more generally from widely questioned metrics, like the number of published papers, the number of citations received by those papers, or one of several statistical approaches used to normalize citations. A sample of the new formate can be found here: Sample New Biosketch

Successful NIH Proposals: Know What Works Best

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

Information about Downstate Research Fellowships

Information about Downstate Research Programs