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 PhD students in a SOM program. 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.

*If you have received a pilot grant within the last 12 months, you are not eligible for this cycle.

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.
Next deadline: June 15

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Past Funding Opportunities

The Precision Genomics Collaboratory (PGC) is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Data+ Initiative to fund a summer project for undergraduate students.

Data+ is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, collaborating alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.
Deadline: November 1, 2022

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The Duke School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory in collaboration with the Duke Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies is offering pilot grants to investigators to develop and/or apply genomic technologies to significant questions in the study or treatment of human disease. This pilot grant opportunity exists to employ the power of novel genomic technologies, and their associated data and analytical methods, to reach beyond that which is readily measurable or manipulatable by traditional methods for addressing the most pressing challenges in human disease biology. Any technology or method is relevant to this request, provided there is strong justification that the approach is new and impactful.

Open to investigators at all stages in their career. We anticipate awarding 2-3 grants of up to $20,000 each for a duration of one year.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

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.

We anticipate awarding up to three grants of up to $20,000 each for a duration of one year

Application Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021

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). 

Application submission deadline is September 30, 2020. Final selection will be made by October 15th, with funding to begin as soon as awards are granted. 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

The Duke School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory is offering pilot grants with the goal of forming new collaborations in genomic science between researchers and clinicians. While we will consider expanding existing collaborations, our priority is forming new collaborations. 

These pilot grants are open to School of Medicine faculty at all stages in their career; early career individuals are encouraged to apply.  Applications should be from co-PIs, with one focused on genomics research (including but not limited to genetic epidemiology, genomic discovery, functional genomics, basic mechanistic science, gene therapy) and one a clinician (with or without a focus on genetics). We will award 2-3 grants of up to $15,000.
Deadline: April 15, 2022

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