Getting Started in Research

The research lifecycle: propose, setup, manage, and closeout
Activities associated with a research project may be grouped into four stages beginning with a project proposal and followed by project setup, management, and closeout stages. Together, these stages span the research project lifecycle.

Start Here

To help those new to research at MUSC get started and successfully navigate activities throughout the research project lifecycle, view a short video and infographic introducing the various offices and centers supporting research.

Overview of Research Video

Support for Researchers

Learn more about MUSC's research support offices and centers.

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Regional Health Network (RHN)

Learn how to conduct and support research at the RHN affiliate sites.


Create an Action Plan

Access the MUSC Approval Plan for Research (MAP-R) to create a personalized action plan for approvals and mandatory research training required to conduct your research project.

MUSC Approval Plan for Research (MAP-R)

Approval Plan for Research

MAP-R identifies the regulatory and institutional approvals required for your study.



MUSC’s Quality Improvement (QI) Self-Certification Tool can help investigators determine whether their project qualifies as research, quality improvement, or program evaluation.

Find Training

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Locate required and recommended trainings and other informational resources for conducting clinical and translational research.

Training Page

Get Help

The SUCCESS team provides a consolidated entry point for access to research expertise, information, and navigation spanning the entire research spectrum.

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