Funding Opportunities

Duke MEDx-BME Medical Device Design Request for Proposals

Duke MEDx Pratt School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering is soliciting innovative medical device ideas from Duke University Medical Center Clinicians (physicians, nurses, or others working in a clinical setting). If selected, a team of four Duke engineering undergraduate students will work to design the project for their senior Capstone design experience. Particularly promising projects will continue into the summer program and receive dedicated attention for 10 weeks from 2 summer fellows.

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

For any additional questions contact Tarun Saxena, tarun.saxena@duke.edu

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Submission Instructions

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, donna.crenshaw@duke.edu and Tarun Saxena, tarun.saxena@duke.edu

Deadline: Applications due August 16, 2021

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 University Health System. 

No fixed award limit. Approximately $700,000 is available to fund about 3-5 projects.

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 2021, 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 round; all topics with some restrictions

Instructions and Application

Flash Grants Website


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