Research Endowments

Since its founding, Duke has worked to speed the path of discovery from laboratory bench to human application. From pioneering treatments for brain tumors, breast cancer, and many other forms of cancer to cures for rare pediatric diseases, Duke scientists and physicians have worked together to find new solutions. Endowments provide critical support for the School of Medicine research mission. 

"We were very impressed with the people we met and the work they were doing. We came away feeling really good about doing something to support this research. It may not cure Alzheimer's disease or other neurological disorders directly, but it will make a difference for the researchers and might to lead to something down the road."

David, T'70, and Kathy Trice on establishing a $1 million funding program at Duke to support research in brain science and neurological disease

Endowed support and outright gifts to research can be a very exciting way to make a significant impact on the school as well as for patients, families, and communities here at home and around the world. Research endowments often leverage large federal grants that help to multiply your gift many times for years to come. 

Research Endowments can

  • Support the research of students, residents, or fellows
  • Launch the careers of junior faculty
  • Provide critical funds for innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches
  • Create a fund that supports high-risk, high-reward projects

We seek to grow the school’s historic strengths in the basic sciences, invest in new areas of innovation, foster greater collaboration, advance clinical care and improve health.


Frequently Asked Questions


Your gifts can expand the pipeline of scientific research and accelerate the time to human impact.

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Sarah Nicholson
Executive Director, School of Medicine Development