Faculty Research Planning

Supporting your research every step of the way.

Faculty Research Planning & Grant Information

Highlighted below is information most often used by faculty performing research in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

Here are three points of contact to get started:

  1. Clinical Trials Coordinators (Carol Frederick, Cindy Bennett);
  2. Anyone on the DCS Research Committee; or,
  3. Bring your research idea to the DCS Research Drop-In Session held immediately after the DCS Department Meeting (4th Tuesday of each month) for an informal discussion of your research idea and help navigating our research ecosystem. Faculty meet 8:30-9:30AM and the Drop-In Session follows from 9:30-10:30AM.  Please contact Maria Hopko for the zoom link.

We suggest you start here and work through the resources below.  All research projects are unique and we have tried to sequence the materials in the order they are most commonly used, highlighting the areas that tend to cause most questions.

Clinical Trials

If you plan to conduct a clinical trial on client owned animals contact our Clinical Trials Coordinators (Carol Frederick; Cindy Bennett) or visit https://www.vet.cornell.edu/faculty-resources – for details for setting up a new clinical trial, patient recruitment, and sample collection. For information on ongoing trials please visit the Clinical Trials homepage.


IACUC Exemption

If you are using animals as part of your research, you first need to know if you need Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) approval or if your study is exempt.  Your study may be exempt from IACUC oversight if:

  • You will ONLY use biological materials that would be discarded after standard clinical treatments of the animal for its current condition, or
  • If the animal will not undergo ANY clinical procedure that is not standard accepted veterinary practice for its clinical condition.
  • If your trial may be exempt, visit our Clinical Trials Faculty Resources page and complete the exemption request.

IACUC Approval

If you do need an IACUC for your study, then information gaining access to the system for IACUC submission (eSirius) is available here.

Advice on completing each section of the IACUC.

For more help with IACUC’s contact Rob Felt (Senior Administrator) or Christine Belleza (Director of Research Assurance).

Statistical Consulting

Free, clinically relevant advice on study design and data analysis is available through the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit or by contacting Stephen Parry (stephen.parry@cornell.edu) who works with many of our clinicians. Ideally, contact the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit before you start your study.

Grant Funding

If you plan to submit a grant to support your project and would like help writing the proposal we recommend that you take a look at this Research Grant Process flow chart.  The chart includes a suggested timeline, decision-making process, and contacts for progressing through a research grant application.  

Please also come to one of the DCS Research Drop-In Sessions, held after the DSC faculty meetings.  We recommend you do this close to the start of preparing your proposal as we have found faculty can save a lot of energy and time by coming to those sessions early on to refine the ideas and plan the submission.

To find available opportunities for funding and relevant deadlines contact Christie Sayre, our DCS Grant Coordinator. A full list of possibilities is available at CVM Fund Your Research.

CVM Fund Your Research also contains much other information to help you plan and budget your proposal.

To find researchers to partner with who may have areas adjacent or overlapping to your own, take a look at ongoing funded work at the CVM Research Awards page.

Several faculty members with successful proposals have kindly shared facilities and equipment sections and related materials for NIH, NSF, DOD, Morris Animal Foundation and American Kennel Club proposals with our Department's research coordinator Christie Sayre.  Please contact her if one of these templates may be helpful to you.

Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG) can assist you with free consulations if a Data Management Plan (DMP) is needed.

If you have any suggestions to add to this page please contact Doug Fink.
Good luck with your research projects!

Additional Resources Available


Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) - A service and a resource to the Cornell research and teaching community providing high quality animal care and veterinary services.


Cornell University's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - Reviews and approves all research and teaching activities involving the use of biohazardous agents.

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety  - Assists with compliance to the campus community that promotes health, safety and environmental stewardship.

Laboratory Safety

Lab Safety Training


Hazardous Chemical Waste Disposal

Biomedical Waste

Biomedical Waste Disposal

Controlled Substances