Archive: Past Funding Opportunities

MEDx & Translating Duke Health-Immunology Request for Proposals

This internal funding announcement will award funds of up to $100,000 for a single pilot project. The successful application will describe research that benefits patient health by providing important disease insights, or by developing technologies to aid in disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment in the field of immunology. The pilot projects represent collaborations between faculty members in the Pratt School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Beyond achieving new partnerships between the School of Medicine and Pratt, this opportunity should catalyze research or development that will lead to follow-on funding, which can take various forms (e.g. NIH, CTSI, or Coulter grant, SBIR).

Funding support for this RFP comes from both the Translating Duke Health Initiative for Immunology and MEDx. 

MEDx Translating Duke Health Pilot Project

This internal funding announcement will award funds of up to $50,000 for pilot projects that benefit health by providing important disease insights, or by developing technologies to aid in disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment. Applications are encouraged – but are not required to be – in areas of rehabilitation medicine or the challenges addressed by the Translating Duke Health initiative to include:

  • Keeping the Heart Young
  • Brain Resilience and Repair
  • Ending Disease Where it Begins
  • Controlling the Immune System
  • Solid Tumor Brain Metastases

Children's Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI)/MEDx Pilot Research Grant

Up to $50,000 to one research team that includes one PI from the School of Medicine and one PI from Pratt School of Engineering.

  • Purpose: To support pilot studies that lead to the development of diagnostics, prognostics or biomarkers for early life risk factors for disease or biological processes associated with diseases that initiate early in life, or methods/technologies to detect exposures that will influence childhood or life-long health.

Student Biodesign Funding RFA

MEDx will provide funding for teams of trainees to design and prototype a clinically useful device or application, or a device or application that is useful for biomedical research undertaken in the School of Medicine. The teams should be composed primarily of undergraduate or graduate students from any Pratt department, but some team members may be from other Duke schools. Interdisciplinary teams are highly encouraged. Teams may be part of an ongoing design class in Pratt, or may form outside of formal classes.

MEDx Colloquia Series

MEDx is pleased to offer support for interdisciplinary colloquia that bring together physicians, engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, and basic and/or clinical researchers with a common desire to combine the elements of medicine and engineering to solve complex problems and inspire innovation. The deadline for the next Colloquia series is March 5th, 2018.

See 2017 MEDx Colloquia or 2015-2016 MEDx Colloquia funding recipients.

Kaganov Research Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine and Engineering

MEDx is pleased to announce a call for proposals from the Kaganov Research Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine and Engineering. This intent of this Initiative, supported by a generous gift from Dr. Alan and Mrs. Carol Kaganov, is to build robust collaborations between engineers and physicians to conduct research that focuses directly on or has relevance to lung function and diseases, especially pulmonary fibrosis.

The Kaganov Research Initiative has the following goals:

  • To improve our understanding of disease mechanisms,
  • enhance diagnosis,
  • create more effective treatments, and
  • ultimately find pathways to cure idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and other lung diseases.

MEDx anticipates awarding 3 to 5 grants that range in amount up to $150,000 in direct costs (no indirect costs are allowed). The term of the award is 1 year. While the intent of these grants is to position investigators to be successful in attaining external support, extremely promising work may be invited to request a second round of funding for additional research.

Proposals should describe cross-disciplinary scientific research on lung diseases or lung function, and particularly idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Research on relevant basic biomedical questions, development of enhanced understanding of disease mechanism, the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices, clinical research/trials (excluding Phase 2 or beyond), epidemiological, and/or community-based studies is within scope. Population health improvement projects should demonstrate significant stakeholder involvement to advance applicability of the results to broader practice patterns, clinical guidelines, and other applications.

CFAR/MEDx Proposal

The Duke Center for AIDS Research has partnered with MEDx to provide funding of up to $60,000 Direct Costs for one-year pilot projects.

The proposal must represent a collaboration between faculty of School of Medicine and School of Engineering, and address an NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priority.

Call for SMIF SUUP Proposals

The SMIF Undergraduate User Program (SUUP), Duke University Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)

The Lord Foundation has provided funding to continue the SMIF Undergraduate User Program (SUUP).  This program provides a hands-on undergraduate research experience at Duke University to enable undergraduate students to access the Duke University cleanroom and materials characterization shared facility, called the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF).   These funds will support undergraduates in the hands-on fabrication and measurement of materials, structures, and devices in SMIF.

MEDx Biomedical Research RFP

This MEDx funding announcement will award funds of up to $50,000 for novel pilot projects that investigate a basic biomedical question or for the development of tools or technologies that enable biomedical discovery. The pilot projects must be collaborations between faculty members in the Pratt School of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Beyond achieving new partnerships between the School of Medicine and Pratt, this opportunity should catalyze research or development that will lead to follow-on funding, which can take various forms (e.g. NIH, CTSI, or Coulter grant, SBIR).

MEDx is joined in funding these successful applications by the Departments of Pathology and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center from the School of Medicine, and the Departments of Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences and Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering.

MEDx Call for Pratt/SOM Proposals for Pilot Research Projects in Diagnostics and Devices

This request for proposals is targeted to enhance collaborations between the School of Medicine and Pratt facuty in the area of diagnostics and devices.  MEDx is leading a syndicate of highly interdisciplinary partners – The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), the Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI), the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgey and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science – to fund these pilot projects. The goal of this opportunity is to catalyze the development of collaborative proposals that will lead to external funding within 12 months of completion of this project.

Seed Funding for Collaborative Quantitative Approaches

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, MEDx and other Duke entities are co-sponsoring a seed funding program to support "Collaborative Quantitative Approaches to Problems in the Basic and Clinical Sciences." Research collaborations between campus and School of Medicine faculty are eligible for up to $50,000 in support.

DIHI 2018 Innovation Pilots

The Duke Institute for Healthcare Innovation (DIHI) will provide funding for projects to promote transformative innovation in health and healthcare. This RFA is open to all faculty, staff, students, and trainees across Duke campus. Areas of interest include Population Health and Analytics, Building Resilience and well-being, Novel Patient Interactions, Team-based and new care models, Optimizing patient flow, and Enhanced transitions of care. Up to 9 applications will be selected for support up to a total of $400,000. Most proposals are expected to request funding in the range of $25,000 to $70,000 over a one year period. Funding for successful applicants will start in March of 2018.

Regeneration Next Fellows Program

This fellowship will provide two years of funding (up to $110,000 total funding) for a postdoctoral fellow in a Duke lab, joining our inaugural group of RNI fellows. This mechanism is designed to help recruit to the Duke community those top junior scientists interested in the broad field of tissue regeneration. Funding for successful applicants will start in July 2017.

Student Travel grants

Travel grants of up to $1,000 are available for Duke graduate students to present work relevant to tissue regeneration/ developmental biology at scientific conferences.

Mouse Vouchers

This voucher program is aimed at stimulating new research reagent creation at Duke by subsidizing creation of transgenic or genetically modified mouse strains. We will be offering vouchers of up to $5,000 to Duke investigators for this purpose.

Packard Fellowship

 Duke application process and support:

  • Duke’s Office of Research Support will hold an internal competition to select two nominees.
  • Nominees will work with Foundation Relations (Vera Luck and Steve Murray) and Research Development (Carmel Lee) to refine their research statements.
  • Red Teams of senior faculty, department chairs, and Duke’s past Packard Fellows will review the nominees’ research statement drafts. The nominees will receive suggestions for further revision.
  • Nominees will submit their final applications to Packard.