MEDx Biomechanics of Injury and Injury Repair RFA Instructions

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I. Purpose

Duke MEDx Biomechanics pilot project grants will facilitate the formation of new collaborations or enhance existing collaborations between regular rank faculty in Medicine and Engineering.

To be responsive to this call for proposals, projects should address one of the following:

  • an understanding of the biomechanics of injury
  • the cellular or tissue response to injury or injury repair
  • the development of biomechanical methods to evaluate cellular or tissue injury or regeneration
  • injury treatments that involve a biomechanical modality
  • biomechanical approaches that aid in the clinical evaluation of injury and recovery

Projects may be a new collaboration between regular rank faculty in Engineering and Medicine, a new project for existing collaborators or achieve a new and measurable milestone in an existing research collaboration. All proposals must describe how the successful completion of the research will lead to subsequent support through grants, not-for-profit partnering, new company formation, licensing or other channels. These awards are not meant to provide bridge funding for existing projects. Up to two proposals may be funded.

The awards are up to $50,000 (direct costs only, and no faculty effort may be included).

II. Key Dates 

  • Application Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM, February 3, 2020 
  • Selection of Awardees: Target date is no later than March, 2020 
  • Funding Period: The budget period is for up to 12 months beginning on the date of award.

III. Eligibility 

  • Proposed projects must be jointly submitted by a regular rank faculty member from the Pratt School of Engineering and a regular rank faculty member from the School of Medicine.
  • Proposals are encouraged from new teams of investigators or existing collaborators proposing a new research topic.
  • More than one proposal may be submitted per Pratt and Medicine faculty member acting as PI, but each PI may only receive one grant. 

Interested investigators who need assistance identifying collaborators can contact MEDx for assistance.

IV. Funding

Each award will consist of up to $50,000 (direct costs only) with an expected start date no later than April 6, 2020. Successful applicants will be expected to provide a mid-term progress update and a final report indicating progress towards the stated objectives and achieving follow-up funding, any publications that are in progress, and other achievements. 

V. Proposal Preparation

Consultation is optiona