Research Development

Columbia Research Resources and Links

Grant Writing Resources

Research Management and Mentoring Resources and Links

Local External Services and Organizations

A number of resources are available to support the development of careers in research.

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Quick Guide to Research: Office of the Executive Vice President for Research
A listing of the Offices and services under the EVP’s Office

Sponsored Projects Handbook
The Sponsored Projects Handbook has been created to give practical guidance to faculty and administrative staff of Columbia University in the management of sponsored projects funded by both governmental and private organizations.

Clinical Research Handbook
The Clinical Research Handbook is a companion resource to the Sponsored Projects Handbook. It is geared to the clinical research coordinator and again follows the key phases of conducting clinical research at Columbia, from training to audits.

Animal Research Handbook
The Animal Research Handbook is a companion resource to the Sponsored Projects Handbook. It is designed to be a reference guide for faculty and staff who are involved in research using animals.

Research Radiation Safety Handbook
A reference guide for faculty and staff who conduct research involving the use of ionizing radiation.

Research Compliance Training Finder
The Research Compliance Training Finder is an interactive tool that identifies which research compliance trainings an individual may be required to take.

Research Initiatives for Science and Engineering (RISE)
Each year, the Office of the EVPR sponsors a competition for RISE funding. These seed monies enable researchers to initiate a project to test a theory in development or a novel idea in order to gather the data necessary to then secure external funding.

Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee (SRCPAC)
This committee is a faculty-dominated group focused on a variety of policy issues related to shared research computing on the Morningside campus.

Medical Research with Animals
Columbia University is committed to the use of animals in biomedical research only when all other options have been determined to be inadequate or inappropriate.

Effort Reporting
Effort reporting is the federally-mandated process by which the salary charged to a sponsored project is documented as being reasonable in relation to the effort expended on that project.

RASCAL is a web-based suite of IT modules that was developed to simplify the University's research compliance and administration processes.

InfoEd SPIN Plus

Compliance Hotline

Use the WorkWeb to find expertise, collaborators and resources here at CUMC, and allow people to find you. The service is developed and sponsored by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.



Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities
A course for  Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows/Scientists, New Investigators, Faculty, and Administrators running from late January through early April. Those not wishing to formally register are welcome to audit any of the sessions described below.

NIH K-Award Workshop
The Office of Faculty Professional Development typically offers this workshop once a year

The Grant Application Writers Workbook:
National Institutes of Health Version (3 copies)
National Science Foundation – FaseLane Version (1 copy)
Successful Proposals to Any Agency (1 copy)
Authors: Steven W. Russell and David C. Morrison; Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops

Copies of these workbooks for loan are available from the Office of Faculty Professional Development. They are also available at


Mentoring Training Series
The series of programs sponsored by the Office of Faculty Professional Development and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research explores skills and competency areas important for mentoring using a case-based and activity driven approach.  Separate sessions for mentors and mentees are given throughout the year. The course is comprised of 5 1.5 hour sessions.

HHMI: Making the Right Moves
A book for new faculty or postdocs exploring the various aspects of being a faculty member and running a research group.

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator (2nd edition)
Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2005

A guidebook for those setting up a new laboratory and those entering a laboratory. Topics cover general lab organization and set up geared more towards the new P.I. and tips and best practices regarding common lab techniques and working in a research group.

At The Helm: A Laboratory Navigator, (1st edition)
Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2002

Based on extensive interviews with seasoned researchers, this book covers an array of management challenges that investigators face and the skills that promote success in establishing a success research career.

Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide
L. Michelle Bennett, Howard Gadlin, Samantha Levine-Finely, NIH August 2010
A guidebook addressing the important features of collaborative/team science and best practices for helping ensuring a successful outcome to these partnerships.

Career Advice for Life Scientists I, II and III

A series of essays and articles by scientists covering a range of issues for early career – and not so early career – researchers.
Published by the American Society for Cell Biology


Information and links to these individuals’ and organizations’ services and resources are provided for the convenience of the university community. Columbia University does not endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered by these individuals and organizations.

Grantwriting and Science Writing Assistance
Miriam Gordon, Ph.D. /
Beth Schachter, Ph.D. 

Local Organizations

New York Academy of Sciences
Develops and hosts scientific meetings and professional development workshops for the science community.

New York Academy of Medicine

For more information on our course offerings, please see our Program Calendar.

Office of Professional Development Calendar

Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students Applying to Medical School

Date(s): April 09, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm EDT
Location: Hammer Health Sciences Center, HSC 312

Greatest enthusiasm, great enthusiasm, or enthusiasm? Tips for Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students Applying to Medical School  more >

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