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Guiding You Through the Research Process

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Penn State College of Medicine provides the tools and resources investigators need to navigate their way through the stages of research.

Our research administration and support teams are designed to help you succeed in your research efforts, from identifying potential funding sources to submitting grant applications to negotiating contracts to filing for patents to ensuring compliance in your study.

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Help at Every Step

Click on the image below to read more about how Penn State College of Medicine supports its investigators.

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Research Concierge

Penn State College of Medicine's Research Development office dedicates itself to growing the College of Medicine’s research portfolio by increasing investigator competitiveness for securing external grants. Research Development provides a range of tools, resources, and concierge services to help investigators expand their network, identify funding, and secure extramural grant support. If you have questions about research administration and support at Penn State College of Medicine, or if you have questions about Research Development, contact Jennifer Schaefer, MS, Research Concierge, at

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Core Facilities

Penn State College of Medicine offers shared-service core research facilities that provide specialized instrumentation and analytical services for the conduct of basic, clinical, and translational research.

A number of facilities and services in both Hershey and State College, PA, are available to both Penn State University faculty and outside users.

Read more about our core facilities.

Clinical Research Guidebook

Investigators have the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting clinical research in the world at Penn State College of Medicine.

We offer researchers a complete guidebook to getting started with clinical research.

See the clinical research guidebook.

Harrell Health Sciences Library

The Harrell Health Sciences Library is central to the provision of biomedical information resources and expertise at Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The recently renovated library creates and sustains a stimulating learning commons through high-quality services and information resources.

Read more about the Harrell Health Sciences Library.

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Faculty Development

A number of resources are available to support faculty at Penn State College of Medicine in research as well as educational endeavors.

Information on tenure, diversity, conflict of interest and professional development, among many other topics, is provided.

Read more about available faculty resources.

Research Portal (Pure)

The Penn State Research Portal (Pure) is an open research information management system that shares the research interests and projects of investigators across the University.

It shows traditional directory information, but also illustrates how each person is connected to others in the broad research community.

Explore Pure.

Technology Tools

A variety of technology resources are available to support the research process.

REDCap offers the ability to build and manage secure online surveys and databases.

i2b2 is a comprehensive software and methodological framework for clinical research.

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