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.

 
October 5, 2021 Issue

COVID-19 Related Funding

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


Duke School of Medicine Biomedical PhD 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 Ph.D. 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. 

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2021


Call for 2022-23 Bass Connections projects teams (due Nov. 1)

Bass Connections is now seeking proposals for year-long, team-based research projects that engage faculty, undergraduates, and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. In addition to the five themes of Bass Connections, faculty may submit proposals outside of these themes through Bass Connections Open. Graduate students, postdocs, and trainees/fellows may also propose projects, but all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

For questions, or to discuss project ideas, please visit us at our RFP office hours, or contact Laura Howes (director of Bass Connections) or a theme leader.

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2021


Request for Proposals: Duke Global Health Institute Pilot Research Data Science in Global Health

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams led by Duke faculty to submit research proposals in the area of data science and global health. Research and collaboration around data, machine learning and innovation are important to DGHI, Duke School of Medicine, and Duke University. Through this RFP, DGHI seeks to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, with the goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding.

Deadline: November 1, 2021


Duke CTSA Research Career Development Award Program (Duke CTSA KL2)

The Duke CTSA KL2 provides skilled and personalized mentoring, a coordinated and tailored scientific and career development curriculum, and the opportunity to conduct clinical or translational (bench to bedside) research.  The KL2 program is particularly committed to increasing diversity of the research workforce.  Therefore, we have set a goal that at least 50% of KL2 scholars will be from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (UREGs).  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications Deadline: November 29, 2021


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

These funding opportunities were posted 9/26/2021  – 10/2/2021:

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 - 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.

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 SPARC Vagal Nerve Stimulation Endpoints from Standardized Parameters (U54 CTR) (NOT-RM-22-001) Office of Strategic Coordination


NIH Notices of Special Interest

Resilience and Vulnerability following Acute Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Insults in People with HIV (R01, CTNA) (NOT-HL-22-002) NHLBI

Biomarker Discover and Validation in Functional Neurological Disorders (NOT-NS-22-010) NINDS


Duke Funding Opportunities

Duke University Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at Duke (see here) Deadline: October 5, 2021

Duke University Duke School of Medicine Biomedical PhD Student Research Pilot Grants (see here) Deadline: October 15, 2021

DCRI Musculoskeletal and Surgical Sciences Research Scholars Program Deadline: (see here) October 18, 2021

Duke Center for Geriatric Surgery Scholars Program (see here) Deadline: October 18, 2021

Duke University Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund Grants (see here) Deadline: October 29, 2021

Duke University RFP for Bass Connections Project Teams (see here) Deadline: November 1, 2021

Duke University Paul and Lauren Ghaffari Graduate Fellowship (see here) Deadline: November 12, 2021

Duke University Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science (see here) Deadline: November 12, 2021

Duke CTSA Research Career Development Award Program (Duke CTSA KL2) (see here) Deadline: November 29, 2021

Duke University Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals (see here) Deadline: December 1, 2021

Duke University Broad Biomedical Research Foundation Ellen Luken Student Awards (see here) Deadline: December 1, 2021

Duke MEDx-BME Medical Device Design Request for Proposals (see here) Applications accepted on a rolling basis


External Funding Opportunities

Systems Biology for Infectious Diseases (U19 CTNA) (RFA-AI-21-065) NIAID, Application Date(s): January 14, 2022

HEAL initiative: Pharmacotherapies to Reverse Opioid Overdose Induced Respiratory Depression Without Central Opioid Withdrawal (Target Validation and Candidate Therapeutic Development) (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (RFA-HL-22-013) NHLBI, NIAAA, NIDA, Application Date(s): December 03, 2021 

Advancing Gender Inclusive ExcellenceCoordinating Center (U54 CTNA) (RFA-OD-21-010) Office of Research on Women's Health NIDDK, Application Date(s): November 30, 2021

Interventions for Stigma Reduction to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low- and Middle- Income Countries (R01 - CTO) (PAR-21-344) NCI, NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, Application Date(s): December 20, 2022 

Limited Competition: Coordinating Center (CC) for the Small Cell Lung Cancer Consortium (U24 CTNA) (PAR-21-346) NCI, Application Date(s): November 17, 2021 

The role of Epstein Barr virus infection in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Hodgkin disease development with or without an underlying HIV infection (U01 CTO) (PAR-21-348) NCI, Application Date(s): December 15, 2023 

NIA Career Transition Award (K22 Independent CTNA) (PAR-21-351) NIA, Application Date(s): February 12, 2022 .

NINDS Institutional AD/ADRD Research Training Program (T32 CTNA) (PAR-22-021) NINDS, NIA, Application Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. 

Role of Astrocytes in Degeneration of the Neurovascular Unit in AD/ADRDs (R01 CTNA) (PAR-22-037) NINDS, NIA, Application Date(s): February 04, 2022 

Family Caregiver Alliance Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving Awards. (see here) Deadline: October 18, 2021

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars (see here) Deadline: October 27, 2021

Eurasia Foundation US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (see here) Deadline: November 1, 2021

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

  • Clinical, Translational and Outcomes Research Award (see here) Deadline: December 2, 2021
  • Autoimmune Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award (see here) Deadline: December 2, 2021
  • Pinnacle Research Award in Liver Disease (see here) Deadline: December 2, 2021
  • Afdhal / McHutchison LIFER Award (see here) Deadline: December 2, 2021
  • Bridge Award (see here) Deadline: January 18, 2022

Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Cancer Research Grants (see here) Deadline: December 31, 2021

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration Pilot Grant (see here) Deadline: October 29, 2021

Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award (see here) LOI Deadline: November 15, 2021

Basic Science Research Track Scholarship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 25, 2022

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: March 25, 2022
Final Selection: TBA
Funding Period: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2024

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 March 25, 2022.

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, 2023 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 25, 2022

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 29, 2021

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the Duke Duke Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 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)
  • 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

II. Key Dates

  • Application Submission Deadline: November 29, 2021
  • Final Selection: January 31, 2022
  • Funding Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

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
    • Non-Duke Employees or outside contractors

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, 2022 and ending on June 30, 2023. 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 2022. 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, 2022, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2023. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2023 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

Application deadline: January 15, 2022

 The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) is 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: January 15, 2022
Final Selection: March 1, 2022
Funding Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

 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, 2022 or hire/start date and ending on June 30, 2023. 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 fund code 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 OPSD 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 2022. 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, 2022, the $25,000 must be distributed across the remaining months prior to June 30, 2023. No-cost extensions are not permitted and award money not spent by June 30, 2023 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, 2022 through June 30, 2023. 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, 2023 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 OPSD leadership.

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 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 25, 2022

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:  OCTOBER 1, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 1, 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, October 1, 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 (“Strong Start 2022") 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.