Who Are We?

We are the Research Application Development (RAD) team. RAD is part the Office of Research Informatics (ORI), led by the Chief Research and Academic Information Officer, Iain Sanderson. ORI is a comprehensive research hub that combines Information Technology (vended system selection, custom software development, technical and user support, system integration), academic informatics, research faculty and curriculum development, and data stewardship.

RAD uses agile processes to develop custom software solutions for the Duke University research community. Our substantial portfolio of applications includes research administration systems such as the Sponsored Projects System, Grants.Duke, and Conflict of Interest. We work closely with the Administrative Systems Management (ASM) group to ensure that our systems interface with Duke's institutional financial systems. We are governed by the ORI leadership team and the Research Administration Continuous Improvement (RACI) committee.

We are a successful group of highly skilled and motivated software professionals. Our strengths lie in creativity, innovation, adaptability, thoroughness, and cohesive teamwork. Our credo is to foster an ethical, supportive, and respectful work environment. The keystone to our success is our people, selected by consensus and developed by mentoring and self-education.

What is our mission?

RAD's mission is to advance the goals of the Duke research community by creating and supporting customized, high-quality, user-friendly software systems and decision support tools. We accomplish this by:

  • Identifying and anticipating user needs.
  • Using proven analysis/design methodologies and project management techniques to develop our systems.
  • Responding promptly and providing respectful assistance to our customer base throughout the system lifecycle.
  • Balancing technical innovation and usability to improve customer productivity.


Our success grows from a commitment to quality and a sense of ownership.