Collaboratory Funding Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

Duke School of Medicine Biomedical Ph.D. Student Research Pilot Grants

The Duke University School of Medicine Office of Biomedical and Graduate Education (OBGE) and Precision Genomics Collaboratory are pleased to announce pilot grants that are open to all SOM Biomedical PhD students. The goal of these grants is to support our students in scientific and educational efforts to bolster their graduate training experiences. These funds can be used for either research or professional development, for example, for travel to conferences, educational opportunities/seminars, new experiments to generate preliminary data, etc.

Open to all Duke School of Medicine Ph.D. students interested in genomic/omics sciences. Three awards of $2,000 will be awarded each year with rolling deadlines in February, June and October.
Next deadline: October 15, 2021

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Past Funding Opportunities

Genetic Discovery in Rare Diseases Pilot Grant RFA

The Duke School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory in collaboration with the Duke Center for Combinatorial Gene Regulation (CCGR): A Center of Excellence for Genomic Science (CEGS), is offering pilot grants to investigators to study the role of whole exome and whole genome sequencing in human cohorts with rare diseases. 

This request for pilot grant proposals is based on the premise that whole exome/genome sequencing can be used to identify noncoding disease-causing variants, and as such, may serve as a powerful tool in patients with rare diseases in whom candidate gene sequencing has not been informative.

These pilot grants are open to investigators at all stages in their career including trainees with relevant human biospecimens for exome/genome sequencing and/or who have identified a noncoding variant in a rare disease and would like to perform functional follow-up. Awards up to $20,000 for one year.

Duke SOM Precision Genomics Collaboratory COVID-19 Early Career Investigator Pilot Grants

The Duke University School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory is offering pilot grants to early career investigators interested in COVID-19 research that broadly involves genomics/'omics. The Duke community has come together during the pandemic to create biorepositories of blood and tissue samples integrated with clinical data; to study host and viral factors in disease risk; to investigate the viral genome; and to develop novel testing strategies. The goal of these pilot grants is to support innovative pilot studies on COVID-19 related to these efforts, to generate data to fuel future grant submissions. 

These pilot grants are targeted to early career investigators, as this group is particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. We anticipate awarding up to two grants of $15,000 each. Applicants must be Assistant Professors, Instructors, or currently in training (i.e. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows). 

Applications will be judged on innovation, scientific premise and approach, and potential to lead to future funding. One brief written progress report and participation in research forums on COVID-19 research are expected.