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Select a specific research support topic here or scroll down the page to view all of our information on research support.

Ethics, Compliance and Required Training
Research Policies
Preparing Your Proposal
Grant Boilerplates
Publishing and Disseminating Your Results
Department Contacts

Ethics, Compliance and Required Training

Conflict of Interest Training
CITI Ethics and IRB Training
Animal Research Training
Conflicts of interest (COIs) may arise when financial or other personal interests may compromise, potentially compromise, or appear to compromise an individual’s objectivity. The training includes instruction on UNC policy requiring the disclosure, review, and management of COIs.
The Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI) training is used by more than 1,300 institutions and includes modules on informed consent, vulnerable populations, ethical principles, and IRB regulations.
The UNC Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) offers a variety of hands-on training workshops for researchers working with live vertebrates.
For whom is this training required?
All faculty, staff, and students who engage in research must complete COI training.   For more information, see UNC's COI Program.
All faculty, staff, and students engaged in the planning, conduct or analysis in research at UNC-CH that involves human subjects or identifiable data from human subjects must complete the CITI training.
All faculty, staff, and students engaging in research that involves live vertebrate animals are required to register for training with the UNC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

For more information, the Research Compliance Learning Community is an at-a-glance, at-your-fingertips, all-things-Research Compliance learning and information tool for UNC researchers, their research teams, research administrators, and research-related IT personnel.

Research Policies

The UNC Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) strives to provide UNC faculty and staff assistance in all aspects of the administration of their externally funded research. Gillings researchers can find important information about research policies on the OSR website.

The Gillings School also has its own policy (updated August 8, 2016) regulating the receipt of funding from tobacco companies. Please review the Gillings Policy on Receiving Funds from Tobacco Companies for more information.


Have you been asked to sign a contract?

Please note: Principal Investigators, faculty, staff, and departments are not authorized to sign agreements on behalf of the University. All incoming and outgoing contracts- of any type- should be submitted through ALICE. Need help navigating the ALICE system and submission process? Additional guidance can be found here.


The UNC Office of Industry Contracting

The Office of Industry Contracting (OIC) within the UNC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is responsible for reviewing and executing sponsored research agreements with private industry, including clinical trial agreements and subcontracts, among others. OIC also negotiates and executes all (industry, federal or other party) Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs and NDAs) and Data Use Agreements for the entire UNC-CH campus.

OIC has been delegated signature authority on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Research to sign agreements related to research and thereby bind the institution to the terms and conditions contained therein.

Additional Policies

Gillings recently released its Guiding Principles for Considering Gift and Grant Agreements with Companies (approved June, 2017).

Gillings researchers may be interested in reviewing the University Policy on Signing Contracts- Signature Delegation Chart (updated August 11, 2017).

Need assistance with industry contracts?

The UNC Office of Clinical Trials and Office of Industry Contracting will be available to answer questions about your current or proposed research projects every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month during “pop ups”- no appointment necessary!

Global Research

The resources linked to below may provide useful guidance for Gillings researchers conducting work abroad.

Preparing Your Proposal

The Gillings School has brought together various pieces of descriptive information about central resources and facilities that researchers may use as they prepare grant applications.  The UNC Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) has also developed resources to help researchers with proposal development and submission.

Be sure to speak with your departmental HR consultant regarding any new positions or hires that you are considering during the proposal development stage.

Grant Boilerplates

Do you need general information about UNC or Gillings facilities and resources for your grant? Select the links below to download Word documents with commonly used language for standard components of grant applications.

Publishing and Disseminating Your Results

Below is a list of suggested places to start for researchers who are beginning to think about disseminating their work.

Communications Office

If you have a story about your research, scholarship or service experiences that might be interesting to the media or that should be featured on our website please contact David Pesci, Director of Communications, at dpesci@email.unc.edu or 919-962-2600.

Journal Impact Factors

Journal impact factors are published annually in Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports (JCR). A journal impact factor is a “measure of the frequency with which the ‘average article’ in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period.” JCR calculates the impact factor of a journal by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years. Journal Citation Reports are available online.

Other University Resources

The Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core provides graphic design and database development services, among others.

UNC Design Services provides graphic design services to UNC-Chapel Hill as part of the University’s integrated marketing plan.

Departmental Contacts

Please contact the individuals listed below to obtain descriptive information about each department’s respective facilities and resources.

Contact: Evie McKee

Carolina Survey Research Laboratory
Contact: Robert Agans

Center for Environmental Health & Susceptibility
Contact: Rhonda Turner

Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
Contact: Carolyn Hagy

Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Contact: Doris Dworschak

Contact: Vicki Moore

Health Behavior
Contact: Marcia Margotta

Health Policy & Management
Contact: Terri Gault

Maternal & Child Health
Contact: Lisa Perry

Contact: Chris Anderson

Public Health Leadership Program
Contact: Kathryn Cheek

Don't see the information you need?

The Office of Research, Innovation and Global Solutions is here to help. Contact the Solutions team at solutions@unc.edu.

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