DCS Research and Grant Planning

Supporting your research every step of the way.

DCS Research & Grant Planning Information

  • Information outlined below is most often used by faculty performing research in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
  • 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.
  • One or all of these points of contact may help you get started:
  1. DCS Research Drop-In Session, held immediately after the DCS Department Meeting (4th Tuesday of each month), provides for an informal discussion of your research idea and help navigating our research ecosystem. Faculty meet 8:00-9:00AM and the Drop-In Session follows from 9:00-10:00AM.  Please contact Maria Hopko for the Zoom link.
  2. DCS Research Committee members
  3. DCS Innovation Laboratory
  4. Clinical Trials Coordinators (Carol Frederick, Cindy Bennett)

DCS Innovation Laboratory

Services provided by the Innovation Lab are currently postponed until a new lab manager has been hired.

The Department of Clinical Sciences operates a fee-based laboratory providing faculty the opportunity to have research conducted on their behalf or to use the lab to perform their own research.  This laboratory is ideal for researchers without dedicated lab space, without full-time technicians, or for those who need assistance with projects of a fixed duration.

Services Available:

  • Project Planning
  • Supply Purchasing
  • Experimentation
  • Data Summary/Analysis

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 the Clinical Trials Faculty Resource page for details for setting up a new clinical trial, patient recruitment, and sample collection.

Grants and 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.
  • Review the ongoing funded work at the CVM Research Awards page to find researchers to collaborate with who may have areas adjacent or overlapping to your own.
  • 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.
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA).

Cornell is a member of COHA, the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance, which are veterinary schools partnered with medical colleagues to advance our understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals and find solutions & treatments. 

  • COHA Fellowships Several Cornell research teams are offering fellowship training opportunities for residency-trained veterinarians.  Through COHA support, these 2-year research fellowships are designed to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary and comparative research teams.

  • Translational Training Opportunities Cornell faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in translational research training opportunities offered through Weill Cornell Medical College and other partner CTSA institutions.



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

Istitutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

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


Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) CARE at Cornell University is a service and a resource to the AAALAC accredited Cornell research and teaching community. CARE provides high quality animal care and veterinary services, and advises and educates researchers, staff and students on animal experimentation issues while promoting best practices for the responsible use of animals.

Data Storage/Management

Statistical Consulting

  • Clinically relevant assistance on study design and data analysis is available through the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU).
  • CSCU's Stephen Parry (stephen.parry@cornell.edu) works with many of our clinicians and may be contacted directly.
  • Ideally, contact the Cornell Statistical Consulting Unit before you start your study.
  • JMP Pro graphical statistical analysis app is available without cost for DCS faculty through a departmental license.  Please contact vmithelpdesk@cornell.edu to request a copy for your use.    JMP Pro is a product of The SAS Institute and focuses on exploratory analytics.


  • Researchers from units that financially support CSCU (includes all CVM) can receive unlimited free statistical consulting.
  • For all other Cornell affiliated clients the rate is $160/hr. 
  • Consultants meet with faculty and staff and offer advice on anything related to the design of their study/experiment and the statistical analysis of their data (e.g., sample size calculations, selecting an appropriate statistical analysis, using statistical software packages etc.).
  • Consultants do not perform any of the analysis for clients; consultants share expertise and advice to enable researchers to perform the analysis on their own.
  • For short questions, you can visit us during their daily drop-in times. For longer questions, please schedule an appointment.

CSCU CONTRACT ($160/hr):

  • A contract project can be initiated by a Cornell faculty or staff member who would like to have their statistical analysis completed by a CSCU statistician
  • Needs and availability for this service are discussed on a project-by-project basis. 
  • If CSCU performs computation or analysis for you, then it is a contract and you will be billed at the contract rate.
  • The rate for contract work provided by a CSCU staff statistician is $160/hr for projects for all CVM units; for non-supporting colleges the rate is $200/hr.

Additional Resources Available

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety  - Assists the campus community in promoting health, safety and environmental stewardship.

  • The 'Ask EHS' on-line question and answer system is the best way for the Cornell community to ask EHS questions of the expert staff in all aspects of environment, health and safety.
  • Ask EHS Inquiries submitted will be answered by EHS field experts.

Laboratory Safety

Lab Safety Training

  • For questions not answered below, or assistance with lab-specific issues, please contact Doug Fink (607-280-9361), Clinical Sciences Material & Safety Coordinator.
  • All new laboratory personnel must complete the DCS Laboratory Safety Training Checklist.  Doug Fink will review the checklist with PI's and technicians.  PI's or technician's are expected to review the form with all subsequent lab personnel, including post-docs, residents, DVM and undergraduate students.  Signed copies of the Checklist should be kept on file with the PI or lab.
  • CULearn  All CVM personnel who work in a lab must complete the following online training from CULearnDoug Fink can assign training to people as needed.
    1. EHS 2655 - Cornell Health & Safety Basics

    2. EHS 2555 - Laboratory Safety

    3. EHS 2716 - Chemical Waste Disposal

  • Additionally, the following CULearn training must be completed if conditions are met:

    • EHS 2341 - Formaldehyde Awareness (IF exposed to formaldehyde products in the workplace.  Must refresh annually.)

    • EHS 1074 - Blood Borne Pathogen (IF HUMAN blood, blood products, cell lines are used. EHS 1875 refresher annually.)

Biomedical Waste Disposal

  • 'CVM Medical Waste Disposal Guide' pdf provides information on disposal methods for different laboratory waste streams.
  • All medical, bio, and carcass waste must be submitted to the CVM Waste Management Facility (WMF).
  • Biowaste (including sharps and chemotheraputic waste) costs the lab $0.64/pound (2021).
  • All biowaste must be transported in red carts - no exceptions.  Carts shall not pass by the cafe - go around or use the 1st floor to cross the Atrium.
  • All waste submitted to CVM WMF must be accompanied by a Medical Waste Tracking Tag.
    • Instructions for printing a Medical Waste Tracking Tag.
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer browser is recommended for printing tags.  Must be able to print barcode.
    • If barcode doesn't print after following instructions, contact VMIT or Doug Fink to request VMIT adjust the computer settings.

Chemical Handling & Waste Disposal

  • Chemical Abbreviation Key provides a list of commonly used chemical abbreviations to use on bottles in lab. 
  • Chemical Segregation Chart provides recommendations for chemical segregation and storage.
  • Chemwatch Cornell licensed database for chemical Safety Data Sheets.  Also provides for printing bottle labels.
  • Hazardous chemical waste is collected and disposed by EHS free of charge to the PI. 
    • ALL containers must be labeled with 1) "Hazardous Waste", 2) full name of the chemical(s), and 3) the date container first filled.
    • Use green EHS Haz Waste Labels on every container to meet the above conditions and to facilitate pickup by EHS.
    • All waste must be placed in DOT Haz Waste shipping boxes prior to pickup.  Empty boxes may be found in the CVM Recycling Room.
  • 'Hazardous Waste Removal Form' must be completed to schedule an EHS Haz Waste Pickup.  Pickups made on Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unknown Chemical Characterization Form provides for a way to dispose of unlabeled chemicals.  Completion of both a Haz Waste Tag and Unknowns form.
  • 'Down the Drain' link may be used as a guide to dispose some chemicals down the waste water drain.  Please exercise caution and prudence.

Controlled Substances

  • Controlled substances purchased for animals with clinical case numbers may be made through the CUHA Pharmacy.
  • All controlled substances purchased for Research or Teaching purposes must be made through Doug Fink on the departmental license.
  • In order to purchase controlled drugs on the department licenses, each PI must complete three steps:
    1. Complete online CULearn training 'EHS 5198 - Research Use of Controlled Substances (DEA Schedule II-V drugs)'.  Doug Fink can assign this training upon request.
    2. Complete the DEA required 'Personnel Screening Questionnaire' and return to Doug Fink.
    3. Complete the Controlled Substance Purchase Request form for each purchase made.
  • See the Cornell EHS Controlled Substances Policy for more information.

Liquid Nitrogen (LN2)

  • LN2 is available at the following locations:  CPC C3541, VMC C3100 Lab Hallway (West), VRT T4009.
  • The Use Log must be completed for each withdrawal, including:  Date, Name, PI, Account# to charge, Amount Withdrawn.
  • If either CPC or VMC tank is empty, or there are any issues with the tanks, please contact Doug Fink (607-280-9361).

Recycling Policy

  • CVM Recycling Policy
  • Only clean, uncontaminated, paper products may be placed in laboratory recycling containers.
  • Pipet boxes may be submitted to the manufacturer for recycling (see CVM Recycling Policy).  Pipet tips must be disposed as sharps.

Forms & Miscellaneous