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(Allied) Health Sciences: Faculty Resources: Research 101

This is a guide for Allied Health Sciences faculty, with a focus on resources for new/junior faculty, mid-career faculty, and their mentors. It is also a broad, one-stop-shop for faculty at all levels.

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DAHS Office of Research & Scholarship

After meeting with your Division Director and Val Tan, contact Patty Kinneer, Managing Director of Research Support & Scholarship (contact information below) , who will connect you with research and scholarship resources and connect you with networking opportunities. The office also maintains a set of mentoring resources. 

Associate Chair for Research:  John Grose, PhD:

Managing Director of Research Support & Scholarship:  Patty Kinneer

The DHS Office of Research and Scholarship (OORS) provides an array of services for researchers and scholars: Resources

Example research support includes the following:

  • Mentoring resources
  • Budget development
  • Consultation on data security
  • Preparation of grant proposals
  • Post-award management
  • Methodological support

The OORS offers preparation of manuscripts, presentations, and other continuing education materials. The OORS hosts monthly forums highlighting best practices in research, clinical services, and teaching.

GPS (Grant Pre-Submission Notification System)One-stop online shop within DHS to help you complete your grant application correctly and on time. Alerts the OORS and ready them to provide any support you need.  Direct Link to GPS input form 

  • Who:  all faculty and students
  • What:  any grant, internal or external, even if you decide later not to submit the proposal.
  • When
    • As soon as you think about preparing an application for a specific funding agency
    • It’s never too early, but at least 30 days before the due date

DHS Methodology Consultants:

  • Wanqing Zhang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Research Methodologist. Email:
    • Mixed Methods (Qualitative + Quantitative), Secondary Data Analysis, Health Services & Public Health Research Methods
  • Clare Harrop, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Translational Research Methodologist. Email:
    • Translational methods, combined behavioral and psychophysiological methods, Early Career grant applications (K awards, pre & postdoctoral fellowships)


SciENcv now has templates to create four types of Biosketches. SciENcv is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies. SciENcv is available in PubMed's My NCBI, and it integrates with ORCID.

  • NIH Biosketch
  • NIH Fellowship Biosketch
  • NSF Biosketch
  • Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Navigating NCTraCS: Examples from a Junior Faculty Member

Examples from a Junior Faculty Member: how $2k can shape your career --Clare Harrop, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor and Translational Research Methodologist, Allied Health Sciences
  • Presentation to the UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences, October, 2018
  • UNC's NC TraCS Institute ("TraCS"):  An NIH grant-funded institute serving the research community with a mission to accelerate discoveries into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public. Our aims are to develop and support a skilled research workforce, engage diverse stakeholders as active partners, develop innovative methods to address barriers to translating scientific findings, and incorporate cutting-edge informatics tools and methodologies in every aspect of translational research.

Also see the September 1, 2020, TraCS News Article, Asking the Right Questions, in which Clare Harrop, PhD, describes the TraCS $2K pilot award as a gateway that opened doors to many other opportunities. 

  • Why don't we see more young girls with autism? To tackle this big, complicated question, Clare Harrop, PhD - a developmental psychologist in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at Carolina - started small with a TraCS $2K pilot award.
  • "I did not expect to get five publications, numerous conference presentations, and three more grants out of this."

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