Funding Opportunities

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

Weekly Funding Announcements

In our effort to empower physician-scientists to launch successful research careers, OPSD would like to welcome you to the OPSD Weekly Funding Update.  Announcements on this page come from OPSD Partner Programs and the Office of Research Support.  Additional funding alerts may be found on the Duke Funding Opportunities website.

 
April 19, 2021 Issue

COVID-19 Related Funding

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


 

Summer 2021 Funding Opportunities for Duke Ph.D. Students

The Office of the Provost is offering a broad set of opportunities to support Ph.D. students during Summer 2021, including experiential fellowships with external partner organizations and internships with Duke units.  There are many new opportunities added since the initial outreach (marked as NEW).
Deadline: Rolling through April 21, 2021

 


Duke Incubation Fund Open for Applications

The Duke Incubation Fund (the “Fund”) supports idea-stage projects at Duke University.  The Fund makes a number of awards each year to teams and companies to support novel ideas, applied research, potential products, nascent services, and creative projects that, if successful, will lead to new opportunities in the market.  To receive funding, projects must demonstrate a potential path to subsequent financial support, new company formation, licensing, partnering, or other channels to enable translation.

Deadline: April 23, 2021


Graduate funding opportunity from TriCEM

TriCEM is currently inviting proposals to support research on evolutionary perspectives on human, animal, and plant health from graduate students at Duke, NC A&T State University, NC Central University, and NC State. The student awards at NC A&T and NCCU are generously supported through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and come with additional funding to support undergraduate involvement in research and to attend TriCEM’s Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute.

Deadline: April 30, 2021


Duke Microbiome Center Development Grants

Microbial communities (microbiomes) are known to contribute significantly to human health and disease, regulate global biogeochemistry, and harbor much of our planet’s genetic diversity.  The Duke Microbiome Center (DMC) supports microbiome science at Duke University through pilot project funding.  The DMC is pleased to announce this new request for proposals for DMC Development Grants.  The objective of the DMC Development Grant program is to support interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects in the microbiome sciences at Duke University. 

Deadline: May 1, 2021

 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

These funding opportunities were posted 4/11/2021  – 4/17/2021:

MEDICAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

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.

Dee Gunn's Weekly Funding Report

Here are recently released NIH and other FOAs.   FOAs for junior or new investigators are shown in red. The list of all active NIH RFAs and PAs, respectively, sorted by institute, can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/757qkez and http://tinyurl.com/c562oks.

Note: NIH FOAs now include information as to whether the FOA supports clinical trials.  Here, this is designated by the following abbreviations:  CTNA - Clinical Trial Not Allowed; CTR - Clinical Trial Required; CTO - Clinical Trial Optional

Notices

- Notice of Intent to Publish an FOA for Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, NIAAA
Research Project (U01 CTO) (NOT-AA-21-020)
Administrative Core (U24) (CTNA) (NOT-AA-21-021)
Diagnostic-Telemedicine Core (U24 CTNA) (NOT-AA-21-022)
Data Coordination Core (U24 CTNA) (NOT-AA-21-023)
Developmental Project (UH2 CTO) (NOT-AA-21-024)

- Notice of Intent to Publish an FOA for Non-Human Primate Developmental Genotype-Tissue Expression Project (U24 CTNA) (NOT-HG-21-027) NGRI, NIMH

NIH Notices of Special Interest

- Telehealth in Cancer Care (NOT-CA-21-043) NCI

- Administrative Supplement for Modifiable Factors Potentially affecting the Cost of Cancer Treatment (NOT-CA-21-055) NCI

- Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (NOT-DA-21-041) NIDA

- Research on Strategies to Enhance Mental Health Interventions and Services within Employment and Job Training Settings (NOT-MH-21-230) NIMH, NIDA

- Administrative Supplements for Workforce Development at the Interface of Information Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Biomedical Sciences (NOT-OD-21-079) NIH, NCI, NEI, NGRI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS

- Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes Program Research (Admin Supp - CTNA) (NOT-OD-21-093) NIH

- Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations to Improve the AI/ML-Readiness of NIH-Supported Data (NOT-OD-21-094) NIH, NEI, NGRI, NIA, NIAID, NIBIB, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS

- Administrative Supplements for Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations Phase I Projects to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Uptake (NOT-OD-21-101) NIH, NCATS, NCI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NICHD, NIDA, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH

- Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community-engaged COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations RADx-UP Phase II (Emergency Supplement - CTO) (NOT-OD-21-103) NIH, NCATS, NCI, NEI, NGRI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS

- Topic Areas for PAR-21-203, Limited Competition: CTSA Consortium-Wide Centers: Resources for Rapid Demonstration and Dissemination (U24 CTNA) (NOT-TR-21-025) NCATS

Duke Funding Opportunities

- Duke Incubation Fund Seed Grants (see here) Deadline: April 23, 2021

- Duke Microbiome Center Development Grants (see here) Deadline: May 1, 2021

- Duke University Duke CFAR / Duke Microbiome Center Joint Partnership Pilot Award (see here) Deadline: May 3, 2021

- Duke Transplant Center Pilot & Feasibility Studies Award (see here) Deadline: May 15, 2021

- Duke/RTI Collaborative Translational Research Grants (see here) Deadline: May 21, 2021

- Duke University Duke/NC State Translational Research Agreement (see here) Deadline: June 3, 2021

External Funding Opportunities

- 3D Technologies to Accelerate HTAN Atlas Building Efforts (UH2 CTNA) (RFA-CA-21-037) NCI, Application Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

- Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2022 (P2C CTNA) (RFA-HD-22-013) NICHD, Application Date(s): July 29, 2021 

- Coordinating Center for the NICHD Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2022 (R24 CTNA) (RFA-HD-22-014) NICHD, Application Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

- Biomarker Research to Support Fertility Regulation Development by Small Business (R43 CTO) (RFA-HD-22-018) NICHD, Application Date(s): July 29, 2021 

- Centers for Multiple Chronic Diseases Associated with Health Disparities: Prevention, Treatment, and Management (P50 CTR) (RFA-MD-21-007)  Application Date(s): June 10, 2021 

- NIMHD Multiple Chronic Disease Disparities Research Coordinating Center (RCC) (U24 CTNA) (RFA-MD-21-008)  Application Date(s): June 11, 2021 

- Systems-Level Risk Detection and Interventions to Reduce Suicide, Ideation, and Behaviors in Black Children and Adolescents (R01, R34 CTO) (RFA-MH-21-185) (RFA-MH-21-186) NIMH, Application Date(s): June 29, 2021 

- Systems-Level Risk Detection and Interventions to Reduce Suicide, Ideation, and Behaviors in Youth from Underserved Populations (R01, R34 CTO) (RFA-MH-21-187) (RFA-MH-21-188) NIMH, Application Date(s): June 29, 2021 

- Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program (K12 CTO) (RFA-OD-21-006) NCI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NICHD, NIDA, NIEHS, Application Date(s): June 11, 2021

- Emergency Awards: Community-engaged COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations RADx-UP Phase II (U01 CTO) (RFA-OD-21-008) NIH, NCATS, NCCIH, NCI, NEI, NGRI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, Application Date(s): July 07, 2021 

- Emergency Award: RADx-UP - Social, Ethical, and Behavioral Implications (SEBI) Research on Disparities in COVID-19 Testing among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (U01 Clinical Trials Optional) (RFA-OD-21-009) NIH, NCATS, NCCIH, NCI, NEI, NGRI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH,  NINDS, Application Date(s): July 07, 2021 

- Identification of Positive Valence System Related Targets for Novel Suicide Prevention Approaches (R21 CTO) (PAS-21-215) NIMH, Application Date(s): October 16, 2021 

- Identification of Positive Valence System Related Targets for Novel Suicide Prevention Approaches (R01 - CTO) (PAS-21-216) NIMH, Application Date(s): October 05, 2021 

- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Drug Delivery Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (see here) Deadline: May 20, 2021

- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Drug Discovery Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (see here) Deadline: May 20, 2021

- American Heart Association Health Equity Research Network on the Prevention of Hypertension (see here) Deadline: April 23, 2021

- American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases (see here) Deadline: May 5, 2021

- Alexs Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Awards (see here) Deadline: July 12, 2021

- Wellcome Leap Delta Tissue (see here) Deadline: May 17, 2021

- Pfizer Quality Improvement Grant Request Addressing Social Health Needs in Chronic and Preventative Disease (see here) Deadline: June 3, 2021

- Histiocytosis Association Research Grant (see here) Deadline: July 1, 2021

- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Grants (see here) Deadline: May 13, 2021

- DOD Epilepsy Research Program

  • Quality of Life Research Award (see here) Deadline: June 14, 2021
  • Idea Development Award (see here) Deadline: June 14, 2021
  • Research Partnership Award (see here) Deadline: June 14, 2021

- Kornfeld Foundation Research Grants in Palliative Care, Pain, Bioethics (see here) Deadline: July 15, 2021

- Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Clinical Research Investigator-Initiated Awards (see here) LOI Deadline: May 5, 2021

Basic Science Research Track Scholarship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 26, 2021

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: TBA
Final Selection: TBA
Funding Period: August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2023

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 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
  • 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

Duke Physician Scientist Institutional Award (BWF) Research Fellowship for Medical Students

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 26, 2021

The Duke Physician Scientist Institutional Award (BWF) Research Fellowship for Medical Students is designed to encourage rising third year medical students to undertake a basic/bench research project at Duke University, with preference given to those who plan to commit to doing a second third year.  There will be one $10,000 award given for the first year, and a $25,000 award for the second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the first year. MS2 applicants for the $10,000 award must apply submit by the application due date. In addition to this application, applicants must provide the name, position/title, and email address of three individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests. This program is made possible through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF).

For more information contact: 

The Office for Physician Scientist Development (opsd@dm.duke.edu)

Duke Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 Technician Support Award

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  NOVEMBER 30, 2021

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the NIH Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 Programs 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
  • Mentor’s Biosketch
  • Mentor statement including current support for the applicant’s project (1 page)
  • 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
  • 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 30, 2020
  • Final Selection: January 31, 2021
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

III. Eligibility

Applicants:

  • Only current R38 scholars in the Duke School of Medicine are eligible to apply via this RFA.

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, 2021 and ending on June 30, 2022. 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
  • 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

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.

We strongly encourage applicants to connect their business managers with the OPSD at opsd@dm.duke.edu to discuss preferences for receiving the award.

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

 

OPSD Technician Support - DEADLINE EXTENDED:  FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Application deadline: February 15, 2021

 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 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 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)
  • Mentor’s Biosketch
  • 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 15, 2021
Final Selection: May 31, 2021
Funding Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

 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:

  • Option 1: $25,000 applied directly to cover a percentage of a technician’s total effort (salary + fringe) with an expected start date of July 1, 2021 or hire/start date and ending on June 30, 2022. The technician must be hired within 3 months of the award start, pre-identification of technician during the application period is strongly encouraged.
  • Option 2:  $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.

*Please note, awards may be subject to G&A.  For more information, please check with your department business manager or grant manager.

 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 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, 2021, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2022. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2022 must be returned to the OPSD.

We encourage applicants to connect their business managers with the OPSD at opsd@dm.eduke.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, 2021 through June 30, 2022. 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, 2022 will 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 complete in the 12-month period; no-cost extensions are not permitted. Renewal of current award for a second year are contingent upon submission of annual progress report and satisfactory progress up review by members of the BWF-PSIA leadership.

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 (but art not limited to):

  • 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

Poindexter Scholars in Basic Sciences Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 26, 2021

The Poindexter Scholars in Basic Sciences Program is designed to encourage rising third year medical students to participate in research projects under the guidance of basic science faculty members in the School of Medicine. This program is focused on basic science research, and priority will be given to those who identify laboratories in basic science departments, though applicants doing basic research in Clinical departments are also encouraged to apply. There will be one $10,000 award given for the first year, and a $25,000 award for the second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the first year. MS2 applicants for the award must complete the Duke Internal Scholarship Application form and submit by the application due date. In addition to this application, applicants must provide the name, position/title, and email address of three individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests. This program is made possible through the generosity of Dr. John Poindexter, an alumnus of the School of Medicine. For more information please visit Internal Scholarships Website or contact: The Office for Physician Scientist Development (opsd@dm.duke.edu)

Strong Start Award Program - DEADLINE EXTENDED:  FEBRUARY 15, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2021

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 2021, the SoM will grant approximately five awards of $75,000/year, renewable up to three consecutive years ($225,000 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 (>70%)  
  • Candidates with significant internal/external funding (R01 [or equivalent] or >$500,000 in start up funding) are not eligible for funding.
  • Please see Strong Start Program for more program information.

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 15, 2021. 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 (tba) 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

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.