Funding Opportunities


Duke MEDx and the Pratt School of Engineering’s Medical Device Design class are soliciting proposals for innovative medical device design projects from Duke University Medical Center clinicians (physicians, nurses, or others working in a clinical setting.) If a proposal is selected for the senior Capstone Design experience, a team of four Duke undergraduate engineering students will develop, and determine design feasibility for the mechanical medical device, mobile app, or web service, subject to real-world constraints.

A subset of projects will be chosen for further design and prototyping during the Summer semester. MEDx and BME will support a budget of approximately $4,000 for supplies, prototyping, summer stipends for two design fellows to work on each project for 10 weeks, and one week of engineering faculty advising.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Project sponsors will be notified that their ideas have been accepted as design projects at least two weeks before the start of either the Fall or Spring semester.

For any additional questions contact Tarun Saxena, 

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MEDx Engineering, Environment, and Health 2022 Request for Proposals

Duke MEDx’s purpose is to foster collaborations between faculty members from the Duke School of Medicine and the Pratt School of Engineering. With this request for proposals, we seek to catalyze inter and trans-disciplinary, early-stage and translational research that increases insight into; measures; or addresses the effects of environmental exposures on health. We also wish to encourage collaborations with the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Proposed projects must represent a new collaboration or a new research question for an existing collaboration and demonstrate the leveraging of unique skills and knowledge of all team members. Examples of the types of projects that are in scope are those that develop monitoring devices or sensors, measure and analyze environmental insults or human exposure, investigate physiological responses to environmental insults, or create solutions to ameliorate the impact of environmental stressors on human health.

Awards will typically be for up to $50,000 with a 12-month performance period. If the team requests more than $50,000 (but no greater than $75,000), the proposal must include a detailed justification and the request must be discussed with the MEDx team prior to submission. MEDx anticipates that it will award three grants.  

*Presubmission inquiries are mandatory* 

Applicants must submit the pre-submission inquiry in the form of a ‘Proposal Canvas' (see below). Once submitted, the MEDx team will review the material, schedule a consultation with the applicants, and provide details for the full submission. The pre-submission Proposal Canvas must be submitted to

Deadline for full application: closed

Please contact Donna Crenshaw or Tarun Saxena at with any questions. Please use MEDx Engineering, Environment, and Health 2022 RFP as the subject heading.

Submission Instructions

Proposal Canvas Example

MEDx High-risk high-impact Seed funding challenge

The MEDx High Risk, High Impact Challenge provides seed funding for interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects focusing on a human-health related research problem.  This request for proposals (RFP) welcomes applications with an investigator each from Duke Engineering and Medicine, and can include an additional investigator from a complementary discipline. Early-stage projects that are high-risk/high-impact, but are unlikely to receive funding from traditional funding agencies without preliminary data are strongly encouraged. Projects must propose radical or transformative ideas, and not incremental advances. 

Up to three awards ranging from $25,000-$50,000 will be made with at least one award targeted towards early career investigators. See instructions for more details.

*Presubmission inquiries are mandatory* 

Applicants must submit the pre-submission inquiry in the form of a ‘Proposal Canvas' (see below). Once submitted, the MEDx team will review the material, schedule a consultation with the applicants, and invite applicants for the full submission. The pre-submission Proposal Canvas must be submitted to Donna Crenshaw, and Tarun Saxena,

Deadline: (closed)

Submission Instructions 

Proposal Canvas Example

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grants

The Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grants support collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department in the Duke School of Medicine. 

No fixed award limit. Approximately $700,000 is available to fund about 3-5 projects. Award amounts vary based upon amount requested and budget evaluation of the Oversight Committee.

Deadline: (closed)

Submission Instructions  

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Website

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 2022, there will be three submission cycles for the Flash Grant program. 

Cycle 1: (closed)

  • 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: (closed)

  • Microbiome/microbiota in health and disease states
  • SARS-CoV-2 Gastrointestinal effects
  • SARS-CoV-2 detection via wastewater

Cycle 3: (closed)

  • Open to all areas of the life sciences, except Class I medical devices or consumer products

Instructions and Application

Flash Grants Website

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