Funding Announcements

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development offers Request For Applications (RFAs) to support medical student research, technician support and/or small grant programs.

*NEW* Basic Science Research Track Scholarship

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the Duke Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award (BWF-PSIA) are pleased to announce a request for applications for funding to offset tuition for enrollment in the Basic Science Research Track (BSRT) for the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Clinical Research Program.

I. Purpose

Early career physician-scientists may face challenges with research productivity as they navigate both clinical and research training and responsibilities. This challenge may be ameliorated with formal training to prepare individuals for careers as physician-scientists pursuing a range of discovery sciences.

These need-based scholarships provide up to $30,000 (up to $15,000 per year for 2 years) to cover program tuition.  This RFA is open to physician-scientists preparing to enroll in the BSRT program, including medical students intending to pursue a second 3rd year experience; fellows working in basic science laboratories; early career-stage faculty and potential K award applicants.

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
  • Statement of need including a description of the impact the BSRT degree program is expected to have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
  • An overview of the applicant’s research and career plans
  • Letter of support from Mentor (for students and trainees) or Division Chief/Department Chair (for faculty) (1 page)

II. Key Dates

Application Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020
Final Selection: June 1, 2020
Funding Period: August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2022

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

Only applicants enrolling in the degree-granting BSRT track of the CRTP program who are conducting basic or translational (laboratory or big data/computational biology) research in the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • Duke School of Medicine students who are pursuing basic science research, including recipients of BWF Medical Student Scholarships and Poindexter Medical Student Scholarships
  • Duke School of Medicine trainees (resident or fellow) in any clinical training program who have set aside research time during their clinical training
  • Duke junior faculty who are within the first 5 years of a faculty appointment and are physician scientists
  • Note that applicants with alternate sources of funding (e.g. T32 grants) for tuition may not be prioritized. Potential applicants should explore these potential sources of funding with their mentors before applying for scholarship funds.

IV. Funding

Up to $15,000 per year for up to two years, applied directly to cover tuition costs for the BSRT program.

V. Selection Process and Review Criteria

Following submission, applications are reviewed by a committee composed of members of the BWF-PSIA leadership. The Review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and scoring applications:

  • Potential impact of scholarship on applicant’s research trajectory
  • Documented need for financial assistance
  • Scientific impact of proposed research direction and potential for success

VI. Application Procedure

The completed proposal should be emailed to opsd@dm.duke.edu no later than midnight Wednesday April 15, 2020.

Applications should be submitted as one (1) pdf document.

VII. Budget Guidelines

Funds will be directly transferred to cover tuition expenses.
Any funds unspent as of July 31, 2022 will be returned to the OPSD.

IX. Post-Award Reporting

OPSD and the BWF-PSIA track significant events resulting from the funding. Any significant events should be included in the final report. Investigators will be responsible for providing an annual report to OPSD detailing any acheivements linked to this award. Examples include:

  • Abstracts/presentations, manuscripts, published guidelines
  • Follow-on funding (e.g., grants from government or foundation sources, SBIR/STTR, angel and venture capital investment)
  • Milestones achieved in animal models or manufacturing
  • Career progression
  • Patents
  • Translation of models to other geographical areas
  • Translation of models to other therapeutic areas
  • Agreements with partners and strategic collaborators to translate the research
  • Commercialization (e.g. new intellectual property, license, commercial partnerships, start-up company)
  • Translation to clinical studies
  • Direct-to-consumer interactions (e.g. apps) 

When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other successes that originated from the award. 

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact opsd@dm.duke.edu

Weekly Funding Announcements

In our effort to empower physician-scientists to launch successful research careers, OPSD would like to welcome you to the Duke Funding Alert.  The Duke Funding Alert provides the latest funding news and information through an online newsletter produced by the Office of Research Support Funding and published on the Duke Funding Opportunities website.

 
DUKE FUNDING ALERT – June 1, 2020 Issue

COVID-19 Related Funding

Access consolidated COVID-19 resources & services for your research, including these funding opportunities, in myRESEARCHhome.


Special Call for Bass Connections Project Proposals: COVID-19

Bass Connections, in partnership with the Margolis Center for Health Policy, is now accepting proposals for new projects addressing research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty interested in proposing a project should read the full submission guidelines and submit a proposal by June 15, 2020 for priority consideration. Thereafter, we will have a rolling deadline through June 30, 2020.​​​

Proposed projects may begin in Summer or Fall 2020. Project funding will range from $5,000 to $20,000.


SPORE in Brain Cancer CEP/DRP RFAs

 Please see the links below for the Request for Applications to participate in the Duke SPORE in Brain Cancer Career Enhancement Program (CEP) and Developmental Research Program (DRP). One RFA is geared toward established faculty and pilot research projects while the other is more geared toward junior faculty or those working to get started in a new area of research. Over the past six years, we have awarded more than 40 grants through the SPORE.

 The application deadline is by noon on June 12, 2020. Please direct applications and questions to tecca.wright@duke.edu

https://researchfunding.duke.edu/duke-specialized-program-research-excellence-spore-brain-cancer-career-enhancement-program

https://researchfunding.duke.edu/duke-specialized-program-research-excellence-spore-brain-cancer-developmental-research-program


MEDx Pilot Projects

MEDx is pleased to announce a call for proposals for pilot project grants that will facilitate the formation of new collaborations or expand existing collaborations between regular rank faculty in Medicine and Engineering. 

Projects that are responsive to this call for proposals will benefit human health by

  • providing important disease insights, or
  • developing technologies to aid in disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment.

The desired outcomes of the projects are eventual development of a commercial product and/or translation of the research into clinical practice.

Proposals for novel/innovative approaches that may have bearing on local/national/global management of the coronavirus pandemic, e.g. for surveillance, diagnosis, therapy, management of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19, or protection of health care workers, may be submitted to MEDx anytime. Although we cannot guarantee we will be able to find reviewers at short notice, we will make every effort to expedite review of your application.  The Duke MEDx Pilot Projects grant application deadline has been extended to Monday, June 15 to give faculty members who wish to submit a proposal the time to do so while safely reopening their labs over the next couple of weeks.

 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

These funding opportunities were posted 5/24/2020  – 5/30/2020:

MEDICAL OPPORTUNITIES

--National Institutes of Health

--Medical-Basic Science

--Medical-Clinical Science

--Medical-Translational

--Medical Fellow/Resident Funding

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

ENVIRONMENTAL & LIFE SCIENCES

INTERDISCIPLINARY OPPORTUNITIES

INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW FUNDING

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENT FUNDING

INSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED (None this week)

See all new opportunities


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Comments and Questions:

Duke University campus-based faculty, staff, and students should contact the Office of Research Support Funding Opportunities staff with comments and questions:

Alicia Korenman (Funding Opportunities Specialist & Funding Alert editor)

Duke University Medical Center faculty, staff, and students should contact the Office of Research Administration with comments and questions

See the Funding Opportunities website for subscription information.

OPSD Technician Support

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 1, 2020

I. Purpose

Early career physician-scientists may face challenges with research productivity as they navigate both clinical and research training and responsibilities. This challenge may be ameliorated with the support of a laboratory technician or research assistant who can continue research activities while the physician-scientist is engaged in clinical activities. The intent of this RFA is to promote early career research productivity and continuity by providing funding to cover a portion of effort of a laboratory technician or research assistant to be dedicated to the applicant’s research project.

Each award provides $25,000 for 1 year to cover a portion of the salary and associated fringe benefits of a laboratory technician or research assistant.  This award is renewable for an additional year with the demonstration of success in year 1 and need for year 2. Up to $5,000 of this award may be allocated for research supplies. This RFA is open to early career physician-scientists, including residents, medical subspecialty fellows, and junior faculty who are conducting basic and translational research (laboratory or big data/computational biology).

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s Biosketch
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
    • Statement of need including a description of the impact technical support would have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
    • An overview of the applicant’s research plans
    • A timeline for research activities
  • Mentor statement including current support for the applicant’s project (1 page)
  • Plan for Technical Assistance (1/2-3/4 page)
    • Description of the technician’s responsibilities within the project,
    • Supervision plan, such as regular reports, meetings, etc., as well as plans for technical, safety, and regulatory training
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (using MOU template provided) signed by the applicant and the mentor/PI who will cover the remainder of the technician’s effort and indicating financial resources that will be used to cover the technician’s effort
  • If the applicant intends to use 5K for research supplies: a budget using the template provided.

II. Key Dates

  • Application Submission Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Final Selection: June 1, 2020
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

Only applicants who are conducting basic or translational (laboratory or big data/computational biology) research in the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • Duke School of Medicine trainees (resident or fellow) in any clinical training program who have set aside research time during their clinical training
  • Duke junior faculty who are within the first 5 years of a faculty appointment and are physician scientists

The following are not eligible to apply

  • Medical students
  • Resident or fellow trainees who do not have research time during their clinical training
  • Faculty members with an R01 or equivalent funding
  • Faculty members who do not have clinical responsibilities

Technician:

The proposed technical support must be provided by a single person.  Such support may be provided by individuals in a number of job categories as long as it is appropriate to the proposed project and research environment including, but not limited to:

  • Laboratory technicians
  • Research assistants
  • Work-study students or other undergraduate students (with appropriate experience)

The following are not eligible to be covered as technicians via this support mechanism

  • Medical students
  • Other residents or fellows
  • PI/mentor or other faculty

IV. Funding

Two award options are available and must be declared at the time of application.

  • Award Option 1 offers $25,000 applied directly to cover a percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) with an expected start date of July 1, 2020 or hire/start date and ending on June 30, 2021. The technician must be hired within 3 months of the award start, pre-identification of technician during the application period is strongly encouraged.
  • Award Option 2 offers $20,000 applied directly to cover a pre-defined percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) and $5,000 for budgeted research supplies transferred into an individual fundcode for use by the applicant.

V. Selection Process and Review Criteria

Following submission, applications are reviewed by a committee composed of members of the BWF-PSIA leadership. The Review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and scoring applications:

  • Potential impact of technician support on applicant’s research trajectory
  • Scientific impact and potential for success of the proposed project
  • Appropriateness of timeline and Plan for Technical Assistance
  • Commitment of PI/Mentor to provide funding and projects to cover the remainder of the technician’s effort

VI. Application Procedure

  • OPSD uses the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.
  • To apply visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account).
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
  • Enter Access Code “OPSD” and follow the instructions.

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form or via pdf upload as indicated under proposal guidelines in Section 1.

VII. Budget Guidelines

  • For award option 1, no formal budget is required.  If a technician has been identified at the time of application, an indication of the amount of effort that will be covered by the $25,000 award should be included in the “Plan for Technical Assistance” as indicated above in Section 1 and should be determined by your departmental business manager to include both salary and non-federal fringe for FY 2020. This award will be applied directly to the technician’s effort. Please note, if a technician has not been hired by the award date of July 1, 2020, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2021. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2021 must be returned to the OPSD.
    • We encourage applicants to connect their business managers with the OPSD at opsd@dm.duke.edu to discuss preferences for receiving the award.
  • For award option 2, a budget totaling $25,000 must be submitted using the template provided and uploaded as a pdf. 
    • The budget period is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. No indirect or overhead costs may be included; the awardees receive direct costs only. 
    • Grant funds may only be budgeted for:
      • Salary support of the technician, including fringe benefits
      • Up to $5,000 may be used for small equipment, research supplies, or core lab costs. A detailed budget, including per item cost and catalog numbers, must be provided for any funds requested for research supplies.
    • Grant funds may not be used for:
      • Salary support for the PI or faculty collaborators
      • Office supplies or communication costs, including printing
      • Meals or travel, including to conferences
      • Professional education or training
      • Computers or audiovisual equipment
      • Manuscript preparation and submission
    • All applicants and their mentors must provide documentation via the MOU showing that the remainder of the technician salary is supported.
    • Research supply money that is unspent as of July 1, 2021 will be returned to the OPSD.

IX. Terms of the Award

A.  Project Execution

Investigators agree to submit a detailed written report 12 months after the conclusion of the funding period as described below.  Technician support must complete in the 12-month period; no-cost extensions are not permitted.  Renewal of current award for a second year is continent upon submission of an annual progress report and satisfactory progress upon review by members of the BWF-PSIA leadership.

B.  Post-Award Reporting

OPSD and the BWF-PSIA track significant events resulting from the funding. Any significant events should be included in the final report. Investigators will be responsible for providing an annual report to OPSD detailing any achievements linked to this award. Examples include:

  • Abstracts/presentations, manuscripts, published guidelines
  • Follow-on funding (e.g., grants from government or foundation sources, SBIR/STTR, angel and venture capital investment)
  • Milestones achieved in animal models or manufacturing
  • Patents
  • Translation of models to other geographical areas
  • Translation of models to other therapeutic areas
  • Agreements with partners and strategic collaborators to translate the research
  • Commercialization (e.g. new intellectual property, license, commercial partnerships, start-up company)
  • Translation to clinical studies
  • Direct-to-consumer interactions (e.g. apps) 

When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other successes that originated from the award. 

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact opsd@dm.duke.edu

Strong Start Award Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 1, 2020

OVERVIEW

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. The goal of this program is to nurture the careers of junior, 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 intentionally designed to integrate and complement Duke initiatives that train physician-scientists at even earlier points in their career, such as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD students) and the R38 Stimulating Access to Research during Residency Program (StARR, clinical residents). 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.

FUNDING

In 2020, the SoM will grant approximately four 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 of the individual recipient to support their research program. 

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 have departmental support for significant protected research time (>50%)  
  • Candidates with significant internal/external funding (R01 [or equivalent] or >$500,000 in start up funding) are not eligible for funding.

PROCESS

Applications should include the following:

  • NIH biosketch with other support (including internal funds available to candidate)
  • Research proposal/Career development plans (not to exceed 3 pages): 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)
  • Two letters of reference, including one from the primary department chair specifying percentage of protected time to pursue laboratory-based research.

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

  • Here is a  step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software;
  • Enter Access Code ‘OPSD’ then select the “Strong Start 2020” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.
  • For questions concerning MyResearchProposal (passwords or system issues), please contact Anita Grissom or Brittany Sadler at myresearchproposal@duke.edu or 919-668-4774

Duke SCI-StARR (R38) Technician Support Award

Application deadline: November 25, 2019

 

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the NIH R38 Duke SCI-StARR program are pleased to announce a request for applications for funding to support a laboratory technician or research assistant.

I. Purpose

Early career physician-scientists may face challenges with research productivity as they navigate both clinical and research training and responsibilities. This challenge may be ameliorated with the support of a laboratory technician or research assistant who can continue research activities while the physician-scientist is engaged in clinical activities. The intent of this RFA is to promote early career research productivity and continuity by providing funding to cover a portion of effort for a laboratory technician or research assistant who will be dedicated to the applicant’s research project.

Each award provides $25,000 for 1 year to cover a portion of the salary and associated fringe benefits for a laboratory technician or research assistant.  This award is renewable for an additional year with the demonstration of success in year 1 and need for year 2. This RFA is open to early career physician-scientists who are engaged in training as an R38 Scholar.

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s Biosketch
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
  • Statement of need including a description of the impact technical support would have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
  • An overview of the applicant’s research plans
  • A timeline for research activities
  • Mentor statement including current support for the applicant’s project (1 page)
  • Plan for Technical Assistance (1/2-3/4 page)
  • Description of the technician’s responsibilities within the project,
  • Supervision plan, such as regular reports, meetings, etc., as well as plans for technical, safety, and regulatory training
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (using MOU template provided) signed by the applicant and the mentor/PI who will cover the remainder of the technician’s effort and indicating financial resources that will be used to cover the technician’s effort

II. Key Dates

  • Application Submission Deadline: November 25, 2019
  • Final Selection: January 31, 2020
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

Only applicants who are currently an R38 scholar in the Duke School of Medicine are eligible to apply via this RFA.
Applicants must have completed at least six months as an R38 scholar OR must be within one year of completion as an R38 scholar

Technician:

The proposed technical support must be provided by a single person.  Such support may be provided by individuals in a number of job categories as long as it is appropriate to the proposed project and research environment including, but not limited to:

  • Laboratory technicians
  • Research assistants
  • Work-study students or other undergraduate students (with appropriate experience)
  • Clinical Research Specialist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

The following are not eligible to be covered as technicians via this support mechanism:

  • Medical students
  • Other residents or fellows
  • PI/mentor or other faculty

IV. Funding

$25,000 applied directly to cover a percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) with an expected hire/start date of July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021. The technician must be hired within 3 months of the award start; pre-identification of technician during the application period is strongly encouraged.

V. Selection Process and Review Criteria

Following submission, applications are reviewed by a committee composed of OPSD and R38 leadership. The Review Committee will consider the following criteria when reviewing and scoring applications:

  • Potential impact of technician support on applicant’s research trajectory
  • Scientific impact and potential for success of the proposed project
  • Appropriateness of timeline and Plan for Technical Assistance
  • Committment of PI/Mentor to provide funding and projects to cover the remainder of the technician’s effort

VI. Application Procedure

OPSD uses the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

To apply visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account).

Enter Access Code ‘OPSD’ then select the “Technician Support Fall 2019” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.
For questions concerning MyResearchProposal (passwords or system issues), please contact Anita Grissom or Brittany Sadler at myresearchproposal@duke.edu or 919-668-4774
A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
Enter Access Code “OPSD” and follow the instructions.

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form or via pdf upload as indicated under proposal guidelines in Section 1.

VII. Budget Guidelines

No formal budget is required.  If a technician has been identified at the time of application, an indication of the amount of effort (including fringe benefits) that will be covered by the $25,000 award should be included in the “Plan for Technical Assistance” as indicated above in Section 1 and should be determined by your departmental business manager to include both salary and federal fringe for FY 2021. This award will be applied directly to the technician’s effort. Please note, if a technician has not been hired by the award date of July 1, 2020, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2021. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2021 must be returned to the OPSD.

IX. Terms of the Award

Project Execution

Investigators agree to submit a detailed written report 12 months after the conclusion of the funding period as described below.  Technician support must be completed in the 12-month period; no-cost extensions are not permitted. However, awardees may apply for a second year of funding by completing and submitting an application.

Post-Award Reporting

OPSD tracks significant events resulting from the funding. Any significant events should be included in the final report. Investigators will be responsible for providing an annual report to OPSD detailing any acheivements linked to this award. Examples include:

Abstracts/presentations, manuscripts, published guidelines
Follow-on funding (e.g., grants from government or foundation sources, SBIR/STTR, angel and venture capital investment)
Milestones achieved in animal models or manufacturing
Patents
Translation of models to other geographical areas
Translation of models to other therapeutic areas
Agreements with partners and strategic collaborators to translate the research
Commercialization (e.g. new intellectual property, license, commercial partnerships, start-up company)
Translation to clinical studies
Direct-to-consumer interactions (e.g. apps) 

When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other successes that originated from the award. 

 

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact opsd@dm.duke.edu

For a comprehensive list of funding opportunities, visit the University Office of Research Support Funding Opportunities (ORS).  ORS provides an extensive, on-line database of funding opportunities as a resource for the entire Duke University research community.