Research Technologies

To support the Stony Brook research community, DoIT developed Research Technologies to act as a liaison with campus researchers and offer technical expertise and the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of IT leaders and IT partners. Its core mission is to focus on listening, collaborating, developing, and integrating technology offerings to those campus community members conducting research.

What does Research Technologies do?

As part of technically assisting a researcher or research team, DoIT's research technologies group may pilot technical solutions as needed to meet the objectives of each specific research grant.

Research Technologies may work to investigate technical aspects, streamline, pilot, and assist with technical requests as they relate specifically to research. 

Research Technologies has a campus-wide technology focus to support multidisciplinary research initiatives which will hopefully foster future collaboration and shared best practices.

Research Technologies Vision

You can DoIT with us, we create possibilities.


Research Technologies will bridge the gaps between the research community and the IT community to make changes in time, energy, and resources.

Research Technologies will be the innovator of technical resources for the research community at Stony Brook University.

Research Technologies has a goal of focusing on assisting the research community with various technologies. 

Our plan is to listen, collaborate and enhance the technologies on the campus to properly assist all researchers meet their research goals.

Research Software

Stony Brook University provides access to a cultivated collection of software dedicated to your research needs. Below you will find brief descriptions of the packages offered as well as information regarding location and access instruction. As Research Technologies expands, we will start listing a larger compilation of software that is essential for your research needs. Currently you can find a compilation of all provided and discounted software in the DoIT Software Catalog.


ChemDraw is a program that allows users to draw chemical structures and convert chemical structures to name and vice versa. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students


LabVIEW is a scientific graphics tool that allows users to design and deploy measurement and control systems. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Students

Library Journals

Stony Brook University subscribes to hundreds of publications, journals, and online databases such as Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Web of Science, Ebscohost, IEEE Xplore, Project MUSE, ScienceDirect, and more. To get started, visit the Stony Brook Libraries website. Use the "SBU Find" tab above the search bar to refine your search. Off-campus access may require you to authenticate with your NetID. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Students


MathWorks produces mathematical computing software for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and researchers. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students


Qualtrics is a hosted survey and research tool that Stony Brook University has subscribed to in order to conduct quality surveys with the end result of collecting and analyzing data. Qualtrics is the tool used by Stony Brook's own Center for Research. It is available to all students, faculty, and staff who have an active NetID. This software is available to Clubs, Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)


SAS is an integrated system of software providing data entry, project management, reporting, statistical analysis, and business planning, forecasting, and decision support. SAS is site licensed for the entire Stony Brook University community. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students


SPSS is a statistical and data mining software package that allows you to analyze research data to make smarter decisions, solve problems and improve outcomes.
This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students, Teaching Assistants (TA's)


VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider. Under certain circumstances, faculty and students may obtain this software free of charge under the VMware Academic Program. Staff using VMware products to support the infrastructure of the University must purchase licenses. This software is available to Faculty, Researchers, Staff, Students

Data Management Plan Tool

The Data Management Plan Tool (DMP Tool) is an online resource that is meant to assist researchers in creating data management plans as required by most grant proposals.

Lean More about the DMP Tool

High Performance Computing

Stony Brook University offers researchers several different options depending on needs. Visit the High Performance Computing service page for more information.

High Performance Computing

Options for Building Your Own Website

SB You

SB You is a web publishing platform powered by WordPress that lets you quickly create professional-looking websites. Faculty, staff and students can create a single site or as many as they want for a variety of purposes such as course information, team activities or personal blogs and portfolios.


The Web Services team in the Office of Marketing and Communications provides training and support for the OU Campus Content Management System. A series of responsive page templates branded in the Stony Brook look and feel have been designed to give non-technical administrative personnel the ability to quickly update content without having to be a graphic designer or programmer. 

New to Stony Brook?

Welcome to Stony Brook University's Research Community!

Below you will find links and information to help you get started as a researcher. 

Technology Accounts

DoIt has compiled a list of Technology Accounts alphabetized in one convenient location on the Services Page.    

Stony Brook's Research Site

Stay up to date with current events, fact pages, request forms, as well as access to other resources on SBU's Research Home Page.

Faculty Profile Database

This database is a central repository of information on SBU faculty. You can find the Faculty Profile Database here

Introduction for those new to the Stony Brook Research Community:

Research Technologies Partners

Stony Brook College of Business

Vice President of Economic Development at Stony Brook

Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development

Stony Brook Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Useful Links for Researchers

Are there other options to Adobe Acrobat?

While the optimal choice for converting documents to PDFs as well as editing them would be Adobe Acrobat, there are other options available. If a file is a Microsoft Office document and it needs to be converted into PDF (grant applications for example), it can be done by going to File, Save as, then scrolling to PDF. This option is available in Microsoft Office versions 2010 and 2013. For the 2007 version a plugin is available as well. Files that are created in OpenOffice or LibreOffice also have the Save as PDF option available.

One alternative to Adobe Acrobat is Foxit Reader. This software is able to convert your document to PDF as well as annotate it. While there is no option to merge or split the document, Foxit Reader allows you to edit the document by adding text, signatures and notes. To convert a document to PDF, open it with Foxit Reader, then click Save as and scroll down to PDF. While Foxit Reader is a very good alternative for converting files into PDFs, pdfcreator is another alternative. Pdfcreator allows you to create PDFs as well, but the options to edit, merge the files is only available in either the Pro version or as a separate module.

If annotation is needed, the alternative programs usually include this option. Foxit Reader includes options to highlight, strike out, and add notes to the PDF document.  Although Adobe Reader also comes with the option to annotate documents, only the paid version (Acrobat Pro) allows you to create PDF files as well.  Although there are websites that will convert your documents into PDF, this is not advisable as many websites store your files for a certain amount of time before deleting them. Some websites also do not notify you of how they handle your files in their terms of services or private policies. 


Foxit Reader:

Microsoft Office 2007 PDF Plugin:


How do I back up an Apple Device?

Quick Facts on Backing up an Apple Machine 

Time Machine:  Creates a backup on an external hard drive.

Setting up Time Machine/Restoring your backup

Another Tutorial

Download the Time Machine Editor here, so you can set the default backup time. 

Alternatives to Time Machine

How do I install Labview?

LabView is a campus site license.  Click the image below to view the walkthrough PDF of the installation process. 

Labview Logo

How do I know what cloud service to utilize?

Browsing through the different cloud services offered, the important thing to keep in mind is whether the data is stored in the U.S, storage size, and whether the researcher’s intellectual property is protected. Looking at five cloud providers (Amazon, Google, Dropbox,, and OneDrive) we see that all providers aim to protect your intellectual property. However, they will always grant themselves rights to your property to the “extent necessary to provide the service” which usually means the rights to host your files.

Next is the issue of storage size.

  • Google Drive - Unlimited storage between Email and Drive.
  • Microsoft’s OneDrive - currently at a 25GB storage quota with unlimited coming soon.
  • The other services offer the standard 5-15GB of personal storage.

Regarding export control, personal accounts with OneDrive, Google Drive, and Amazon Cloud do not guarantee that the information is stored in the U.S. The only two services that guarantee that are and DropBox. Dropbox uses Amazon’s cloud storage system S3 whose regions are in the U.S. states in their Terms of Service that your data is stored in the U.S.

Your Rights in the Cloud

Usually cloud providers will give you full rights to your files, granted they are not violating DMCA policies. However OneDrive takes a harsher stance and reserves the right to take down anything that they feel necessary without notice or reason.

Data Breach in the Cloud:

Security breaches can be a major concern in the cloud. For example, NASDAQ servers were breached in 2010, having their sensitive data spied on. When putting your information on the cloud, be wary of the consequences when the data is compromised.

Outages can also be problematic. If a server goes down in a cloud storage center, the data might not be recoverable as has happened to major cloud companies in the past. If uptime is important for your files, keep that in mind when looking for cloud providers.

“Simply put: don't put anything in the cloud that you would not want anyone else seeing.”

Questions Researchers should ask:

  • Is my data stored in the U.S? (Export Control)
  • Is my intellectual property protected?
  • What is the size of the cloud drive? Upload limit?
  • What platforms can access the cloud?
  • Does it come with an editor?
  • Is my data encrypted?
  • Does placing my data in the cloud violate any HIPPA/FERPA/Federal/State regulations?
How do I use the Data Management Tool?
Moving Through the Sections

Click the Save and next button to navigate to the next section in your data management plan. To navigate to other sections of your data management plan, use the section links in left hand column of your screen. Simply click on the section you wish to go to, and you will be taken to that section of your plan. Reminder: as you input text in the box, it is automatically saved. You can also use the Save button (located at the bottom of the text box) to save your text at any time. Each section of the plan is numbered, and a check mark will appear beside each section you have completed.

Resource Links

Resource links located in the right-hand column of each section of the DMP interface, offers a series of available links that will assist in the creation of your personal data management plan. Each link opens in a new window. You will have access to both institution-specific resources (dependent upon what institution you are partnered with), as well as general resources.

Editing Features

The text box offers a few editing features (located above the text entry box): bold, italic, underline, strikeout, superscript, subscript, find, replace, spell check, cut, copy, paste, undo, redo, bullet lists, link and unlink. As you input text in the box, it is automatically saved. You can also use the Save button (located at the bottom of the text box) to save your text at any time.

Help Text

Help text is offered for each section. It appears above the text entry box. The Help box defaults to the smallest size, but if you'd like to see more help text, you can select the medium box size option. If you'd like to see all of the help text available, click full. Select small to return the Help box to its default size.  Use the information in the Help box and the questions within the box, to develop your responses to that specific requirement (section).

Edit an Existing Plan 

Once you have begun a plan, you will have the option to edit it. From the My Data Management Plans Page (found by clicking My Plans on the top navigation bar), you will see a list of existing plans. To edit an existing plan, click [edit]. This will send you to the Plan description page of your plan. From here, on the left-side, click on whichever section of the plan you are interested in editing.

Export a Plan

There are two ways to export your plan:

  1. After completing the final section for your specific grant, press Save and next. Your data management plan is displayed. At the top of this page, you have the option to export your plan as "Plain Text" or as "Rich Text" (which can be used in Microsoft Word). To export your plan, choose your format and then click the Export button. This will save the plan you have just generated to your computer.
  2. There is an export feature available from the My Plans page. Locate the plan you wish to export, select whether you would like to export your plan to a plain text or a rich text file, and then click the Export button. This will save the plan to your computer.
Sharing a Plan

The DMPTool allows you to share, via a web link, your data management plan. The shared plan will be a PDF version of your plan. Only those with the link will be able to view your plan. They will not be able to edit your version of the plan. To share a plan, and create a web link, click [share] under the plan you wish to share. An active URL, link, will appear. You can send the link to those you wish to view your plan. You can stop sharing your plan by selecting [retract].

Where can I access MatLab Tutorials?

MatLab tutorials are available directly from the Mathworks website itself. Although the full tutorial set can be purchased, most of the basic tutorials for MatLab and Simulink are available freely for students and faculty (Academic use only) with a registered account on their website.  Particularly beneficial are the MatLab and Simulink tutorials totaling around two hours each. However other tutorials include Signal Processing, Control Systems and Computational Mathematics. Likewise if visual learning is preferred, Mathworks also has their own YouTube channel which contains videos on MatLab, Simulink as well as modeling, and graphing with this software.

There is also a crash course for MatLab from a North Carolina State University Professor, which gives a general introduction on MatLab showing how to enter data, program with MatLab and solve mathematical problems.  With regards to engineering, the University of Michigan provides numerous control tutorials. Rutgers also provides online PowerPoint slides and videos as an introduction to both MatLab and Psychtoolbox, which is a collection of MatLab/GNU/Octave functions used for vision research.  


MatLab course available from their own website:, Price: Free for students and faculty (Registration required),

Full MatLab fundamentals course costs $200
Mathworks has videos on YouTube for MatLab: 

Crash course in MatLab:

Control tutorials for MatLab (Engineering):

MatLab for Linear Algebra:

MatLab tutorial from Rutgers:

MatLab tutorial from Eindhoven University of Technology:

Where can I find research and subject guides?

Stony Brook University Library provides research guides that can be found at

Getting Help

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