Programs for Faculty

Translating Duke Health:  Open Requests for Proposals

The Translating Duke Health Initiative (TDH) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-year commitment to harness the expertise and knowledge found at Duke to address society’s most significant scientific and healthcare challenges and fulfill the vision of making discoveries and transforming health for millions.  Each of the five pillars has annual RFPs, and the Neurosciences and Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative both currently have open calls for applications.  For more details about TDH, visit



Duke offers a variety of career development programs and grant opportunities for junior faculty.

Mentored Career Awards at Duke

Duke offers a number of mentored career awards including Institutional and individual K Awards. 

Duke Strong Start Program

The application process for the Strong Start 2020 cycle will open Mid-November. 

Applications must be submitted prior to February 1, 2020. Proposals are submitted via Duke’s MyResearchProposal online submission system. To apply, visit, click on “Create New User” or log in if you already have an account (do not create a 2nd account). 

A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software can be found here.
Enter Access Code ‘OPSD’ then select the “Strong Start 2019” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

For questions concerning MyResearchProposal (passwords or system issues), please contact Anita Grissom or Brittany Sadler at or 919-668-4774 or 919-668-4774.


The Duke Strong Start Program is designed to support the careers of young, laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke through substantive mentoring and financial resources.  Applications are now being accepted.

The School of Medicine (SoM) and the Office for Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) are pleased to announce the annual RFP for the Duke Physician-Scientist “Strong Start” Award. This goal of this program is to nurture the careers of junior faculty who are laboratory-based physician-scientists at Duke. By offering substantive mentoring and financial resources, this award will support junior, physician-scientist faculty during a critical period of their career, the transition to research independence.

This award program is lead by the Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) and intentionally designed to integrate with other Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists at even earlier points in their career, such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students), Departmental Physician-Scientist Training Programs, and the Lefkowitz Society (clinical residents and fellows). In this way, the “Strong Start” Award Program will ensure that Duke University School of Medicine remains a leader in the training of outstanding physician-scientists, a group uniquely committed to the advancement of the medical sciences in our own community and in the nation.


In 2020, the SoM will grant approximately three awards of $70,000/year, renewable up to three consecutive years ($210,000 total).

It is anticipated that this award will be offered on an annual basis. The funds are to be used at the discretion the individual recipient to support their research program, not for use by the department.


  • At the time of application, candidates will be faculty members within a department in the Duke University School of Medicine, prior to advancement to the rank of Associate Professor.
  • Candidates will be physician-scientists (M.D., D.O) who have completed clinical training (residency/fellowship) after receiving their doctoral degree.
  • Candidates will be pursuing outstanding laboratory-based research.


Applications should include the following:

  • NIH-style Biosketch
  • Research proposal/Career development plans: Written summary of (1) past research experience, (2) future research proposal, (3) specific plans to transition to scientific independence (e.g., securing independent research funding, developing independent scientific program) (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Two letters of reference, including one from the primary department chair


Junior faculty standing