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To help our research community navigate the evolving effects of COVID-19 on research operations, our COVID-19: Research Preparedness website has guidance and information from federal agencies and UNC-Chapel Hill. A list of funding opportunities directly relevant to School of Medicine faculty can be found in the word document linked here. Additionally, the campus-wide Office of Research Development has launched a COVID-19 Funding Opportunity Tracking Resource that lists additional federal and state funding opportunities for researchers.


The mission of the School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Research (OoR) is to support research in the School of Medicine. The Office of Research reports to Dr. Blossom Damania, the Vice Dean for Research in the UNC SOM. The office oversees the infrastructure, communication and development necessary for a strong and growing research enterprise. Collaboration is one of the great strengths of UNC-Chapel Hill’s research enterprise and the SOM investigators, and the OoR works closely with many different units and offices throughout the institution to increase interdisciplinary science and maximize the resources available to our researchers.


What does the SOM Office of Research Do?

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  • Works on implementation of the SOM Strategic Plan includes promoting team science, supporting departmental equipment infrastructure, supporting core facilities, expanding computational/informatics infrastructure and access, and working with regional partners.
  • Provides strategic investments for TTSA/ECBR Pilot Awards, Shared Equipment Grant costshares, Startup packages, Retention packages, and Bridge funding. See our Funding Resources for further information
  • Supports development of grant proposals (especially training and instrumentation grants) and interdisciplinary programs in a variety of ways.
  • Conducts the SOM review for some limited awards. Check the Calendar of Award Deadlines for more information on deadlines and administrative contacts.
  • Promote faculty recognition for awards and honors
  • Enhances administrative support for Core Facilities and works on enabling access to cutting edge technologies.
  • Works with the SOM Planning Office and SOM administrative units to efficiently maximize SOM space allocation.
  • Works closely with the SOM Office of Graduate Education to enhance the training of next generation researchers.
  • Coordinates support for Conflict of Interest management in the SOM.
  • Responds to allegations of Research Misconduct and supports Research Integrity


SOM Research Snapshot


$530M+ in Research Funding

#5 Public Medical School for NIH Funding

All Basic Departments – Top 10 for NIH Funding

11 Clinical Departments – Top 25 for NIH Funding

2711 Full Time Faculty

2 Nobel Prize Winners

24 National Academy Members

524 Graduate Students

363 Postdoctoral Scholars

844 Medical Students

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40+ Core Facilities

57 Interdisciplinary Centers, Institutes & Programs

34 NIH Training Programs

265 Active US Patents

150+ Startup Companies

*current as of May 2022

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