Research Development

Carmel Lee

About Carmel Lee, Director of Research Opportunities

Carmel Lee joined Duke in January 2013 as Director of Research Opportunities. She primarily focuses on pre-award programmatic and administrative aspects of large and multidisciplinary sponsored research activities. She takes a lead role in coordinating and supporting complex proposal projects across Natural and Social Science departments, including collaborative opportunities with other schools, University Institutes, and units at Duke and beyond. This includes identifying opportunities and working closely with Duke’s faculty in organizing, facilitating, managing, integrating, and submitting new interdisciplinary research proposals. She also helps faculty strategize about funding sources and framing research in the context of agency needs.

Prior to joining Duke, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology at RTI International (a.k.a. Research Triangle Institute), a global nonprofit research and development firm and frequent partner of Duke’s. She was responsible for strategic planning, operations, and business development. She worked with senior scientists in the center to find funding opportunities and develop proposals and grants.

Prior to that role at RTI, Carmel led large, cross-functional, on-site and off-site teams as a proposal/grant manager, and provided the strategic direction for high-profile, high-dollar bids. She supported proposal teams in engineering and technology, environmental science, laboratory and industrial science, global health, social science, and international development, primarily pursuing federal government funding. She developed and taught workshops in best practices for proposal development. Before being a proposal manager, she spent several years as a technical writer and editor, working on large proposals, primarily for federal government contracting firms in the Defense and Intelligence community space.

Carmel earned her Master of Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a Master of Arts in Clinical Practices in Psychology from the University of Hartford and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University.