Resources for Research
Duke University is a private research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research institution. In fiscal year 2005, Duke University and School of Medicine was ranked fifth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with 684 awards totaling $349.8 million. The 2005 figure represented a 14.8% increase over 2004 and was the largest percentage increase among top 20 academic medical schools that year. By 2007, NIH funding rose even further to $385.7 million. Similarly, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has increased funding to Duke from 1999 ($348.2 million) to 2004 ($520.8 million) and most recently to over $657 million in research funding in fiscal year 2006. As of 2006, Duke was ranked tenth by NSF in total Research and Development Expenditures. Duke’s steady progress in terms of significant national rankings and research funding support is an outward measure of the ongoing research that is being conducted by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students as we fulfill our mission of using knowledge in the service of society.
The Graduate School is the second largest of nine schools that together compose Duke University. We enroll over 3,200 doctoral and non-professional master’s degree students, or nearly half of approximately 6,000 graduate and professional students at Duke. The Graduate School serves as the intellectual core of the university and promotes faculty working closely with a small number of outstanding graduate students to advance the frontiers of knowledge in over 70 departments and programs of study.
Recently, Duke University has opened several new research facilities and continues to expand our Duke Libraries and campus research resources. New facilities include:
- the French Family Science Center – a $115 million, 280,000-square-foot building that features research and teaching laboratories for genomics, biological chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, physical biology, and bioinformatics.
- The Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences (CIEMAS) - a $97 million, four-building, 322,000-square-foot complex that is a major expansion for the Pratt School of Engineering, which will more than double its teaching and research space. The complex also provides new facilities for Duke units that include the medical school and the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.
- The Nasher Museum of Art opened in 2005 - the new $23 million museum designed by Rafael Viñoly has strong focus on modern and contemporary art and serves as a cornerstone in Duke's commitment to support the arts on campus and in the Raleigh-Durham community.
Finally, graduate students should be aware of the centrally provided resources available to them in the Office of Research Support and the Office of Information Technology’s Academic Support Unit.