Funding Opportunities

Translating Duke Health Cardiovascular Disease Initiative – COVID-19 

Duke Health has announced a request for innovative pilot project proposals for high risk/high impact research in heart disease and COVID-19. The intent of this RFP is to support one to four pilot projects that could help us better understand how to prevent the transition from cardiovascular health to disease and/or facilitate the return to health.

Duke Health is especially interested in proposals that

  1. Span multiple dimensions from basic to clinical populations,
  2. Build new collaborations and/or new teams, and
  3. Might lead to extended productive and NIH-funded collaborations.

One of the awards will be in concert with the Design Health program. For the joint award, there is an additional goal to facilitate the formation of a new collaboration between faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. 

The funding amount is up to $100,000 per award.

Applications are due September 21, 2020. 

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DIHI 2021 Innovation Projects

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) enables transformative innovation in health and healthcare by catalyzing multidisciplinary teamwork across Duke University and Duke Health.

DIHI has announced the next emerging ideas and funding cycle for innovative ideas and projects. Proposed projects should address actual and important problems encountered by care providers, patients and their loved ones and represent urgent health challenges nationally.

For the upcoming cycle, DIHI is specifically interested in innovations in areas that

  1. Improve value of care through novel strategies,
  2. Create digital solutions for care and monitoring (home monitoring, wearables, etc.),
  3. Advance health equity
  4. Enhance provider and staff experience and well-being
  5. Accelerate population health solutions and strategies, and
  6. Enhance patient engagement and experience.

Application deadline is midnight October 9, 2020.

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Duke Incubation Fund

The Duke Incubation Fund provides up to $20,000 per project of seed funding for early-stage technologies and ideas at Duke with commercialization potential. The Fund supports novel ideas, applied research, potential products, nascent services, and creative projects that, if successful, will lead to new opportunities in the market. To receive funding, projects must demonstrate a potential path to subsequent financial support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, or other channels to enable translation.

Application deadline is October 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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2021-2022 Bass Connections Project Teams

Support for year-long, team-based research projects that engage faculty, undergraduates, and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Funding ranges from $5,000 - $25,000. In addition to the five themes of Bass Connections, faculty may submit proposals outside of these themes through Bass Connections Open. This year, Bass Connections particularly welcomes and encourages projects focused on racial injustice and inequality, systemic racism and social justice. Graduate students, postdocs and trainees/fellows may also propose projects, but all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

Proposals are due December 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

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NCBiotech Flash Grants

NCBiotech's Flash Grant program aims to identify and energize the most creative ideas that exhibit early indications of commercial potential. Flash Grants infuse funding at a critical early point when a small, targeted influx of funds can be crucial to shaping innovative research ideas into high potential life sciences technologies, particularly in emerging and convering life sciences sectors.

Maximum Award: $20,000

For fiscal year 2021, there will be three submission cycles for the Flash Grant program. 

Cycle 1: Deadline Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (noon)

  • Novel antibiotics and therapeutics targeting antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Global Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - COVID-19-specific therapies, vaccine development, diagnosis, and epidemiology

Cycle 2: Deadline Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (noon)

  • Topics to be determined (posted by late September, 2020)

Cycle 3: Deadline Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (noon)

  • Open round; all topics with some restrictions

Instructions and Application

Flash Grants Website


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