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Conducting Research

Research is a major pillar of Dell Medical School’s work to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy — so the team strives to make the process as straightforward as possible. See an overview below and get more details in the team’s research roadmap.

The Steps

1. Establish Privileges

To establish and maintain research privileges with Dell Medical School, an individual must be affiliated with UT Austin. This includes: Dell Med faculty or affiliate faculty, students, residents and fellows; and UT Austin faculty, students, fellows and employees.

Local research personnel without a UT Austin affiliation can apply to become Dell Medical School affiliated research support staff. Similarly, local physicians partnering on studies led by a Dell Med principal investigator should apply for affiliation. SEE HOW TO APPLY »

2. Develop Idea

The first step in developing a research idea is a literature review and investigation of the study’s feasibility. The University of Texas Library System provides an array of resources to researchers, including health and medicine resources tailored to Dell Med. The school’s librarian can help you leverage all the tools available for conducting literature reviews and background searches. Researchers can explore the core facilities that can be accessed to make sure UT Austin has the equipment their study requires.

In addition to the data available through the UT Library System, Dell Med’s Data Core Team within the Department of Population Health can assist researchers with analyzing internal datasets or obtaining patient data from partners. MAKE A REQUEST »

3. Identify Funding Sources

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) at UT Austin offers small internal research grants and awards. Dell Medical School researchers also have access to funding opportunity databases such as PIVOT, Grants.gov and the Foundation Center. The school is developing a process for securing internal funding for research initiatives that further the strategic mission and vision of the school. VIEW ALL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES »

4. Comply with Regulations

Dell Medical School adheres to best practices and complies with regulatory processes of UT Austin, clinical partners and the government. This includes but is not limited to research site approval; training and regulation for human subject research, animal subject research and rDNA and biosafety training; and review by the UT Austin Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) panel.