Research Tools

Helpful information and resources to use when conducting research activities abroad.

IRB Resources

MUSC Tools for Researchers

  • MUSC Research Toolkit created by SCTR
  • A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is used to transfer a product from one institution or company to another. This includes both acquiring or distributing a specific product. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is the lead department for MTAs.  To request an MTA, go to the ORSP horseshoe pages under forms and selct "Material Transfer Request - Incoming and Outgoing." 
  • Data Transfer Agreements (DTAs) are used to transfer human subject data from one institution to another for research purposes. A DTA is a contract between the providing and recipient institutions that governs the legal obligations and restrictions, as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations, related to the transfer of such data between the parties

Global Health Data and Statistics Resources

  • Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S. and the country’s increasing role in global health. They provide an online gateway for demographics, health and economics statistics around the globe. Some of the most useful features include the Global Health Policy section which features a wide range of topics including interactive maps, tables, and charts related to specific health indicators. 
  • Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas.
  • Accessible Information on Development Activities (AiDA) is an online directory of development activities worldwide. This inventory offers a quick overview of who is doing what in international development, where they are doing it, and with what funds.
  • CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
  • Demographic and Health Surveys - Since 1984, the MEASURE DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys) project has provided technical assistance to more than 200 surveys in 75 countries, advancing global understanding of health and population trends in developing countries. The strategic objective of MEASURE DHS is to improve and institutionalize the collection and use of data by host countries for program monitoring and evaluation and for policy development decisions. MEASURE DHS is funded by USAID with contributions from other donors.
  • UNdata is an internet-based data service for the global user community provided by the United Nations. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

MUSC Research Administration Support Offices

  • The Office of Research Development (ORD) provides support for the needs of faculty. ORD identifies extramural funding opportunities and assists faculty members in preparing competitive proposals, with an emphasis on strategic research areas prioritized by the colleges and university administration as well as institutional research resources and infrastructure.
  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) assists faculty and staff with the administrative processes involved with obtaining and conducting extramurally funded programs.  ORSP reviews and approves grant and contract proposal submissions, reviews, negotiates and officially accepts all sponsored program agreements/awards and provides post-award support services and guidance with the goal of maintaining regulatory, institutional and sponsor compliance.  
  • The Office of Research Integrity provides oversight of research involving humans, animals and biohazards, to safeguard and ensure compliance with all federal, state and institutional rules and regulations.
  • The University Compliance Office provides a proactive program that ensures full compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations.