DPRC is organized into a series of Cores to offer its members resources and support for research and funding administration, data collection and management, training and other needs. The Administrative Core, Development Core and the Scientific Core are each overseen by a Director and the role of each Core is briefly described below.
DPRC Organizational Structure
The Administrative Core oversees all DPRC activities, handles all aspects of grants management, and serves as the primary link between program scientists, the administrative branches of funding agencies, and the University administration. This core serves as the backbone of the other cores, as it supports the logistics and administration of all their activities. The primary aim of the Administrative Core is to increase productivity of DPRC scientists by reducing their administrative burden.
The Development Core is the incubator of new ideas, facilitating interdisciplinary communication and supporting new research initiatives with a seed grant program, as well as recruiting new members to the Center. The Development Core also aims to develop new population scientists by pursuing outreach to the allied disciplines, and to help young scholars and new investigators engage in innovative, interdisciplinary research as well as compete for extramural funding. Toward these ends, the Development Core administers the DUPRI Seminar Series, assorted topical workshops and a Professional Development Program that combines strong one-on-one mentoring with group activities as young scholars move their research from an idea to a funded proposal to publications.
The planned Scientific Core will provide high quality scientific research support services and resources that are tailored to fulfill the needs of DPRC affiliates. This new core is designed to fully leverage existing research infrastructure at Duke and provide additional services that will significantly enhance the scientific research support environment to maximize the productivity of DPRC scientists. First, the Science Core will assure that every affiliate uses the computing infrastructure that most effectively supports their research and assure that these services are provided efficiently and cost-effectively. Second, the Science Core will provide research support services that include high-end programming, specialized consulting and technical training. In so doing, the Science Core will facilitate innovative, collaborative interdisciplinary research by both junior and senior DPRC affiliates that will advance understanding of population dynamics